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Imola as a possible replacement for China Grand Prix

Will there be another Grand Prix of San Marino in the immediate future?

The organizers in Imola have positioned themselves to replace the previously postponed race of China on April 19th. It would be difficult, but the route is ready”, says Imola’s Managing Director Uberto Selvatico Estense to “Motorsport-Total.com”.

The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari was for the first time the venue for Formula One and a year later the second Formula One race in Italy in the calendar as the Grand Prix of San Marino next to Monza. Until 2006, the royal class hosted in Imola, and since then they have been waiting for a return of the championship.

Now, due to the unusual Chinese race, they are weathering their chance: “We could easily manage to hold a Grand Prix”as in the past,”Estense stresses.”We could easily manage to hold a Grand Prix as in the past.” Of course, we would not be at our best level, but if necessary, we would do it.”

Organisationally speaking, an exhibition would not be a problem: Imola has the necessary homologation for Formula One races and also sufficient boxing buildings.” Only in hospitality something is missing, but we could organize this quickly if necessary,”promises the route manager.

However, a problem could be economic obstacles. Imola would not be able to pay the usual entry fees for Europe to Liberty Media due to the limited preparation time and therefore the lack of ticket sales time. The promoters would therefore have to give up a lot of money –doubtful if the Americans would be ready.

Dream of the “Mission Impossible”

But in Imola it is emphasized that something like this has worked before: 2011 one jumped into the GP2-Asia series as a substitute for the Bahrain events cancelled by political unrest.” In the end we reached an agreement and it was possible,”says Estense.

The Italian Motorsport Association’s green light has already been caught up, and the line promises support from politics by the new president of the Reggio Emilia region, Giorgio Zanni. Should the race come to an end, the name of the Grand Prix of San Marino should also be used again, although the state is nearly 100 kilometers from the track.

However, those responsible are also aware that the plan resembles a “Mission Impossible.” But why not? Anything is possible if Liberty wants it,”Estense emphasises.”It’s possible. I’m a dreamer. I’ve always dreamed that this possibility would come. But it’s very difficult, that’s true.”