A 2013 Grand Prix on the streets of Rome has been confirmed by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who has also confirmed that the calendar will increase to 20 races by this season.

A Grand Prix in Rome has been canvassed for some time, and was initially earmarked to commence in the 2011 season.

In separate interviews with Speedweek and F1 Racing, Ecclestone confirmed the city’s appointment to the F1 calendar – albeit it two years later than originally forecast.

"Rome will come into the programme for 2013," the Englishman told German magazine Speedweek. "We will have 20 races and the teams will be happy with it."

Is that a statement of confidence or a directive, Bernie?

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.