Imola will definitely join the calendar, according to the mayor
Imola is expected to become a permanent fixture on next year’s F1 calendar until at least the end of 2025.
The circuit returned to the sport in 2020, stepping in to host a race after the global pandemic forced many to be called off.
It was then added to the calendar again in 2021 for the same reason, taking the place of the Chinese Grand Prix, which was canceled due to travel restrictions.
The circuit has been generally received positively by fans and riders alike, with many calling for it to give the program a permanent place in the future.
A leaked timeline claimed it was being considered with the sport to decide whether there was a race there or at Paul Ricard in 2022.
On Thursday Stefano Bonaccini, the president of the Emilia-Romagna region, confirmed that a proposal had been presented to the sport.
“As a region, we have been successful in organizing sporting events of the highest level for some time now, and I hope we will soon have a fixed round of the Formula 1 World Championship at the Imola circuit”, a- he declared. .
“We have submitted a proposal to the government in response to the race in 2020 and 2021. The idea is to have a permanent place on the calendar from 2022, for many years to come. I hope to receive a positive response on this soon.
“It would be a historic and fantastic achievement and it would be great for all the fans and residents of Imola and Emilia Romagna.”
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According to the mayor of Imola, Marco Panieri, the track in his town has been chosen to host a race and there will be an official announcement in the coming days.
“The deal is secure and will be formalized on Saturday,” he said. formulepassion.it.
Additionally, he says an agreement has been made for it to host a Formula 1 race every year until the end of the 2025 season.
“The deal is valid for 2022 with automatic renewal until 2025 at the end of next season,” he added.
It’s unclear if this would actually replace the French Grand Prix, but it seems the most likely outcome.