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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65 comments on Rome Grand Prix track video lap

  1. Jonatas said on 15th May 2009, 19:27

    Vodafone sponsorship on the Ferrari nose?

    This video must’ve been produced quite sometime ago.

  2. HounslowBusGarage said on 15th May 2009, 22:19

    @ hamz0rs.
    Do you think that this is just a vanity project then? Designed to centre attention on the Mayor Alemanno (and to irritate The Northern League)?
    I’ve only been to this area of Rome once, but I have great difficulty imagining a Formula One race there.

  3. Stoo said on 16th May 2009, 0:22

    I’ve been to Rome many times, love the place, but don’t think this will ever happen.

    If it did though, I’ll be doing a long weekend at the Es hotel (changed names I think now tho) again!

  4. Mike said on 16th May 2009, 3:35

    When I heard “Grand Prix in Rome, I pictured something involving Piazza Venezia down to and around the Colloseum, like the Ferrari-Shell video ad. This is in some anonymous unrecognisable commercial/business district. Yawn!

    Keep Monza at all costs. Von Trips and Peterson deserve perpetual memorials.

  5. Chaz has the right take:

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

    Same as Monaco and Long Beach or Toronto. Street circuits offer tremendous glitz with little racing (passing) opportunities.

    But I’ll still take my open wheel racing wherever they choose to put it, if there is still such a thing next year.

  6. hamz0rs said on 17th May 2009, 19:55

    Vanity project fits very well as a definition. As collateral damage it will annoy the northern league, they already have complained and will keep doing it, but they only do so to keep their voters calm and confident that the party is fighting for them, when most of the management of the party couldn’t care less.
    They are already perfectly satisfied of the power and wealth they enjoy at the moment. They will even get free tickets for the race if it was ever done, so why bother.

  7. Zazeems said on 17th May 2009, 20:00

    They put chicanes on ALL of the fast bits.

  8. Bas said on 20th May 2009, 9:15

    Hmm, theyve tried to come up with something more traffic-friendly by trying to avoid the Via C.Colombo, which is a main traffic artery of Rome. But the only way they figured to do that was by putting two straights on one 4-lane road. No matter how you split it, both directions will be too narrow. There’s no runoff. theres risk of debris ending upp on the other side of the barrier. That solution will NEVER pass FIA scrutiny.
    The final harpin before start/finish seems to make no sense, theres no runoff in the righthand corner preceding it and it doesnt add anything + unnecessarily narrow.
    Also, by running counterclockwise they create runoff issues in 5 corners. If it were to run clockwise there would be only 3 with the same layout, and eachof them less serious. The only thing they would have to change around is moving the chicane before the long fast turn coming up to start/finish to the other side, where there is room for a bus-stop-like solution.

    Because I dont see a solution tho the narrow paralel+ opposite direction straights, we won’t ever see racing on this layout. Maybe theyll be willing to cut the Via Colombo, or redraw a track that stays just to one side of it and with a really short start/finish straight.

  9. look at when that video was uploaded

    May 13th,2009


  10. Do we really need another slow street track with concrete walls everywhere? don’t get me wrong i do like monaco and singapore… great race circuits. but whats wrong with all the classic fast proper race circuits like san marino or the A1 ring, the day we ever lose monza for a street circuit in rome is a sad day for F1

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