F1 announces long-term deal keeping popular race track on schedule


Formula 1 will continue to race at Imola for at least the next four years after bosses reached an agreement to extend its stay in the sport.

The track, officially known as Circuit International Enzo e Dino, will remain on the F1 calendar until 2025 thanks to the new contract.

The 2022 race at Imola will be the third in a row, after the historic track returned to the sport in 2020 after a long absence.

Imola hosted the 1980 Italian Grand Prix, but this remains the only race with that name to be held at the circuit to date.

Indeed, the following year it became the San Marino Grand Prix and remained a staple of the world championship calendar for the next quarter century.

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The track will be on the racing calendar until 2025

But he disappeared after the 2006 race and only returned in 2020 as F1 officials rushed to set a timetable after the original plan was thrown out by the coronavirus pandemic.

The sport’s top brass are clearly quite happy with how the two Emilia-Romagna Grands Prix have gone since, as they announced his stay on the calendar would be extended.

“I am delighted that we will continue our excellent partnership with Imola for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix until 2025,” said F1 chief Stefano Domenicali.

“The circuit is iconic and part of the history of our sport and they have done an amazing job of hosting two races during the pandemic.

“It’s a proud moment for our Italian fans to host two races and for all our fans around the world to see this fantastic circuit on the calendar of the future.”

Angelo Sticchi Damiani, President of the Italian Automobile Club, added: “Imola, its great history and the strong link of its territory with the world of engines, deserved this recognition.

“It is not only a great success for the sport in Italy, but also a great enrichment for the best international motorsport series which has confirmed in its calendar for several years one of the most difficult races, but also the biggest and the one most loved by drivers and teams.

“Of course, the long negotiations carried out by the Automobile Club of Italy succeeded in achieving the desired goal thanks to the strong support received from various local authorities.

“Among all, I would like to highlight the enthusiastic work of the Emilia-Romagna Region and its President Stefano Bonaccini.


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