Report: Imola in talks to host Formula One’s Italian GP

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According to a report by Motorsport.com, Imola, Italy has had discussions with Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone about once again hosting a F1 race.

Imola, located in north central Italy, hasn’t hosted a F1 race since 2006 when it held the San Marino Grand Prix.

The city of Monza currently hosts the Grand Prix, but doesn’t have a contract in place after 2016.

Motorsport.com spoke with Imola’s mayor, Daniele Manca, who attended the meeting with Ecclestone, Uberto Selvatico Estense, president of Formula Imola, and Stefano Manara, president of CON.AMI.

“We wanted to show Ecclestone how willing Imola was to get Formula 1 back – but also do our part to keep the grand prix in Italy,” Manca told Motorsport.com. “We presented our plan to relaunch the circuit, outline the investments we have made and what we plan to do in the coming years with our infrastructure.”

Manca said the target date for the race would be 2017.

“There are issues to sort out – and one factor is obviously the economy,” Manca said. “But Ecclestone has agreed to check the timeframe and conditions under which it would be possible to get F1 back to Imola.”