Rome abandons F1 plans

Rome has abandoned plans to stage a Formula 1 race. The city had hoped to host a street circuit race in 2013 around the Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) area however local residents were not keen on the idea.

Last week, Bernie Ecclestone is reported to have written to Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno, stating that Italy would not be allowed to host two F1 races. With the Italian Grand Prix at Monza holding a contract until 2016, this means that Rome will not be able to host a race in the near future. Alemanno has stated that the city will now give up plans to host a race and will instead concentrate on attempting to host the 2020 Olympics.