The stages of the World Championship have not been held in Imola since 2006, but this season, due to well-known circumstances, the race track named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari still received the Formula 1 race – the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix. And there was even a hope that it would be held with spectators in the stands, the number of which was limited to 13 thousand, but at the last moment these plans had to be abandoned due to the worsening epidemiological situation.
Be that as it may, but this weekend in Imola will host the 13th stage of the 2020 season, and the region is already dreaming of Formula 1 getting a permanent residence here.
“When we were negotiating with Liberty Media, I immediately said that we would like to host Formula 1 in Imola not only in 2020, but also in subsequent years. We have everything we need for this, and the government of Emilia-Romagna will support such a project, – said Andrea Corsini, Regional Tourism Advisor, in an interview with the local weekly Sabato Sera. – Our race track has its own history, this track is technically difficult, and the service industry is well developed in our hospitable region. In addition, we are distinguished by passion and determination, and these qualities often work wonders. “
This year, the Emilia-Romagna region paid only 1 million 200 euros for the right to host the Formula 1 race, but in the future, when, hopefully, the situation on a global scale returns to normal and the world championship goes on as usual, the cost of the issue will increase many times over. Whether Imola is ready for this, Corsini did not specify.