DECEMBER 7, 2001
Imola now faces problems with San Marino GP future
Following hot on the heels of Silverstone's possible problems over the future status of the British Grand Prix comes news that the long-term prospects for the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola might also be in jeopardy.
Word from Italy suggests that the race could be dropped from the F1 calendar unless state money is used to secure its future, according to the head of the Italian Automobile Association Franco Lucchesi.
Lucchesi has said that while a deal is in place to secure both the Monza and Imola races for the long-term future, the owners of the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari need to guarantee by next year that they are in a position to carry out the necessary renovations to the circuit.
Apparently Monza has already approved a program of upgrading, but Imola still has to do so.
Commented Lucchesi; "The regional authority and government must give a concrete economic contribution."