Rome Grand Prix track video lap

Earlier this week we got our first glimpse of the Rome Grand Prix circuit.

Now they’ve an official website has been launched with a video lap of the proposed track.

The 4.8km circuit shown in the video has some differences compared to the tracks seen earlier. Specifically, it features quite a few more slow corner, presumably to reduce the speed of the cars in places where there is insufficient run-off.

This could prove problematic – the chicane installed at turn 10 at the Singapore circuit for this reason was widely criticised.

The track has 28 corners and a projected race distance of 66 laps.

Situated in the south of Rome, the area is served by a motorway with good links to the nearby Leonardo da Vinci airport.

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64 comments on Rome Grand Prix track video lap

  1. Situated in the south of Rome, the area is served by a motorway with good links to the nearby Leonardo da Vinci airport.

    Judging from Google Maps, there are also 4 metro stations within walking distance.

  2. Two hairpins and three more hairpin-line corners. I guess there is only one point offering overtaking opportunity, which is the first hairpin at the end of start-finish straight. Other part of the circuit is so tight.

  3. HounslowBusGarage said on 15th May 2009, 9:02

    @ Steve_P and Prisoner Monkeys.
    This link is on the other Rome thread and was posted by Guido. It shows the correct track layout that matches the one in the CGI here.
    http://www.ilmessaggero.it/articolo.php?id=58193&sez=HOME_SPORT#

  4. Chalky said on 15th May 2009, 9:25

    I preferred the first design.
    Unless this becomes the Vatican GP I’d rather keep Monza as the Italian GP.

    • The circuit is promoted as the ‘Gran Premio Roma’, so no Vatican or Italian Grand Prix links there. The vatican is several kilometers away, too, although that didn’t stop Imola from hosting the San Marino GP for 20-odd years.

    • What’s wrong with Gran Premio Roma? No need for European GP or Mediterranean GP whatsoever.

      By the way, the latter was a non-championship F1 race, which later switched to F2 and subsequently F3000 rules at Pergusa.

  5. Is this going forward as a potential European GP with Monza as Italian GP?

    I do not want Monza off the calender and I think Ecclestone feels the same. Hold on, he said that about Canada too…

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 15th May 2009, 9:46

      Probably not. Valencia have signed on as the European Grand Prix for a few years; Rome is probably hoping they can either steal the Italain Grand Prix away from Monza or that a new round under a new name – under something like ‘Mediterranean Grand Prix’ – will be created for them.

    • What’s wrong with Gran Premio Roma? No need for European GP or Mediterranean GP whatsoever.

      By the way, the latter was a non-championship F1 race, which later switched to F2 and subsequently F3000 rules at Pergusa.

      (Sorry, replied to the wrong thread.)

  6. Chaz said on 15th May 2009, 10:13

    If this goes ahead I expect to read the same deeply disappointing remarks like I did after the Valencia and Singapore grand prix’s…

    • Spud said on 16th May 2009, 21:38

      To be fair,Singapore was quite a good race.

      Two hours of racing was pretty cool.

      Make the drivers work for there money! :D

  7. Xibi said on 15th May 2009, 11:43

    The original design was miles better. Now, I’d be really disappointed if a GP is going to be held there, on such a bland, low speed, boring lay out.

    • Never mind the narrowness of the track at certain places, amongst which the start-finish straight, which goes underneath an overpass, and is only just over 3 lanes wide, there.

  8. lol Looked like the Ferrari’s were holding up the McLaren. BS video really, you can’t really get a feel for the circuit and really are they gonna leave Monza?

  9. 159Tom said on 15th May 2009, 13:36

    I noticed it goes dark near the end of the video. Does this mean it’s a twilight race? With half points? For the benefit of all the American fans?

  10. Dan M said on 15th May 2009, 15:51

    They couldn’t update the car models? The Ferrari still says “Vodafone” on the nose.

    • Stoo said on 16th May 2009, 0:19

      Was about to say that myself.. is this “proposal” video a few years old now and it’s been cooking on Bernies campfire for so long?

  11. hamz0rs said on 15th May 2009, 15:53

    I’m from Italy and I can tell you this grand prix is pure speculation and it will never be done. Italy is in extremely critical conditions, from and economic, democratic and social point of view, and this is just expensive propaganda for the city’s and the italian government, and smoke in they eyes of italian and rome citizens. This race will never see the light.
    So no need to worry about it.

  12. Bigbadderboom said on 15th May 2009, 15:55

    Hmmm, this looks like another twilight special doesn’t it

  13. Whitty 123 said on 15th May 2009, 15:59

    does this mean the end of Monza?

  14. Antifia said on 15th May 2009, 16:12

    Worth of Formula Super-Mario

  15. Sush Meerkat said on 15th May 2009, 18:09

    I know this is probably rubbish but hey, here is my contribution.

    the start of the video where all the destinations join up upon Rome and create a sign, its the sign of Helios, the Roman Sun God Helios and then we see Ferrari’s with the Shell logo on them.

    Well the Helios is BP’s logo. BURN!.

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