In spite of recent claims that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has torpedoed the idea of a Rome Grand Prix, the event’s promoter is still holding out hope of a new venue for the Italian Grand Prix.

The La Repubblica newspaper had claimed that Ecclestone wrote to Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno, explaining that his sport needed to broaden its global appeal by expanding internationally, rather than allowing countries to stage multiple races in the same year.

Quite how this reasoning applies to Spain – the only country to currently host two supremely dull events – is perhaps another matter, but Mayor Alemanno believes that Ecclestone’s letter wasn’t “a rejection” for the event itself.

Perhaps, Alemmano mused, Ecclestone might be hinting that a way to move forward from this is “to grant Italy just one grand prix, either at Monza or Rome, or in both cities but in alternated seasons”, he is quoted as saying in the Italian press.

“Ecclestone has proposed alternating Rome and Monza,” insists Rome GP promoter Maurizio Flammini.

“We will speak to the Automobile Club of Milan and to [Monza circuit owner] Sias to see if there is the possibility of collaboration,” he added.

With Monza being one of the most popular and long-standing events on the F1 calendar – having held a Grand Prix there every year, except for 1980 – it would seem unlikely that they would agree to such a concession…

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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.