Rome ‘has F1 race deal’ – Gazzetta

Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport claims a deal is in place for F1 to race on the streets of Rome.

It reports race organiser Maurizio Flammini has done a deal with Bernie Ecclestone. Earlier this year it emerged the venue was seeking an F1 race for 2012.

A race deal for 2012 would be consistent with F1’s growth which has seen at least one new event added per year recently: Valencia and Singapore in 2008, Abu Dhabi in 2009, South Korea next year and India in 2011.

However the race’s official site has gone blank and there’s nothing from their Twitter feed either. See below for more details on the circuit plans.

2012 Rome Grand Prix

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32 comments on Rome ‘has F1 race deal’ – Gazzetta

  1. Prisoner Monkeys said on 21st December 2009, 23:42

    Okay, I’ve just had a look on Google Earth, and fortuantely the circuit isn’t entirely flat.

    The main straight is the lowest point of the circuit. After the first right-hander, the cars go up a hill to the right-hand hairpin that seems to be a good twenty-five meters higher than the main straight. They’ll then come back down the hill to the point where a new section of road will have to be purpose-built, running directly under the main thoroughfare. They’ll climb again going up to that fiddly-looking bit, which is a good twenty-metre climb before its peak in front of that square building. The final section through the switchbacks rapidly descends; its peak of fifty metres (outside the square building) drops to a low point of sixteen metres above sea level in the latter part of that sweeping corner.

    So at least it’s not flat. In fact, it seems there’s only one or two places that are not going uphill or down.

  2. denwol said on 22nd December 2009, 10:29

    Surely this is an early april fools day.
    The circuit looks like an elephant!

  3. @NED

    i think the same thing what the calender needs is to get the great tracks through the 80’s and early 90’s we desperately need tracks like kyalami south Africa, Paul Ricard in France, dodington, imola, estoril, thank god circuit gilles villeneuve is back it 2010, and probably never to return is the east and west usa grand prixs it would be great, they could do laguna seca(will never happen) and the other could be Watkins glen. but then again I’m realistic enough to know none of the things I’ve said will ever come true

  4. Pedel to the Vettel said on 23rd December 2009, 17:30

    pfff its not even in central Rome its at the bloody outskirts of Rome pritty much.

    if anybody thinks of going out there and has asthma be carfeul because that place is bad for car fumes and dust, my dad, sister and brother all had a hard time breathing on the 2nd-3rd day out there.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 24th December 2009, 5:11

      Actually, before the EUR district was created, it was known as Tre Fontane. Tre Fontane used to be the home of the Rome Grand Prix back during the Roaring Twenties. And the Via delle Tre Fontane, which will be the main straight of the new circuit, was actually a part of that circuit that was built ninety years ago. In fact, I do believe it was also the main straight in the pre-war era.

      I don’t know about you, but I’d rather take that over a race in the centre of Rome.

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