The director of the circuit confirms that he will speak with Liberty Media
Explain that the 2020 race could be held with an audience in the stands
Uberto Selvatico Estense, director of the Imola circuit, has announced that the Italian track wants to continue on the Formula 1 calendar in 2021 and there are already talks to make this happen. The category will visit the legendary transalpine asphalt this year for the first time since 2006.
Formula 1 will return to Imola on October 31 and November 1 of this year. The category will test a two-day weekend with a single practice session before qualifying and the race.
Selvatico Estense explained that the old San Marino GP venue has been trying to return to the calendar for many seasons. He thinks that, among other things, the difficult situation of the pandemic has favored the interests of the route.
“We have been fighting for this goal for many years. We have spoken with F1 management for a long time, and now we have achieved the goal we wanted to achieve,” he told the American portal Motorsport.com.
“I think our legacy is very important, we are very famous within the world of F1 and this opportunity has not only come true for the covid-19 but also because the category has to return to historical circuits that fans are truly passionate about. “, has added.
Now the plan is to have an entertaining career in 2020 but sign an agreement to continue on the calendar next season. Initial conversations have already been held that could bear fruit in the coming months.
“We are negotiating with F1 to have a chance next year, but we still have to talk about everything after the race, I think. Our decision is very clear, we are driven by our passion.”
Selvatico Estense has announced that this season’s race may have fans in the stands. Everything will depend on the evolution of the disease and the approval of the Italian government.
“On Friday, the health minister announced that probably after September they will allow viewers to attend events. So we crossed our fingers for fans, but nothing is closed. Everything changes from one day to the next.”
Imola has not had to make major modifications to its current design. It is true that the configuration for 2020 will not have the famous Bassa Variant and some changes have been made in the loophole of the Villeneuve curve where Roland Ratzenberger lost his life.
“Michael Masi visited the circuit for an inspection and was really surprised by its condition. We received congratulations from him and we are proud of this,” he confirmed.
“Right now we do not have to change anything. We have to improve some details, but nothing very big or important. We do not have to change any corner or loophole,” said Selvatico Estense to finish.
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