Rome abandons GP bid for Olympics

Rome has now officially abandoned any plans for hosting a Grand Prix, and instead the city will chase the 2020 Olympic Games.

Bernie Ecclestone recently wrote to mayor Gianni Alemanno saying that henceforth he wanted countries to host only one race. Promoter Maurizio Flammini had some hopes that the race could alternate with Monza, but that never seemed likely, especially with Ferrari expressing its opposition to the idea.

“Today we definitively and formally abandon the F1 project for Rome,” Alemanno said in a press conference today.

Rome is now focussing on the 2020 Olympic Games, which will mark the 60th anniversary of the 1960 event in the Italian city.

There have long been links between F1 venues and the Olympic Games. The Barcelona track was developed in parallel with preparations for the 1992 Games, while Montreal hosted its first F1 race adjacent to the rowing lake two years after the 1976 Olympics.

Melbourne’s bid for an F1 race was encouraged by rival Sydney winning the 2000 Olympics, while the same process happened with Shanghai and Beijing. The 2014 Russian GP will be held in the wake of the winter event in Sochi, while any talk of a street race in London was soon abandoned after the capital won the 2012 Games.

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