Imola hopes to get back on 2007 calendar
30 August 2006 – On Tuesday the San Marino Grand Prix was not on the 2007 calendar issued by the FIA, however, the owners of the track are confident it will be reinstated to the schedule.
A statement released by SAGIS, the company that owns the circuit, revealed that the FIA will reconsider the situation once improvements are made to the Imola track.
"SAGIS points out that Mr. [Bernie] Ecclestone confirmed to SAGIS president Federico Bendinelli that the Grand Prix of San Marino at Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari will be added to the calendar on 27-28-29 April 2007 when the World Council meets on 18 October, provided that the agreed fulfilments regarding the renovation of the site will be carried out before the scheduled day of the race," read the statement.
The event's position on the F1 calendar has been in doubt for several years but now the circuit has a €10 million project in the pipeline backed by the government, the track organisers look to be serious about securing the future of the Grand Prix. The proposed updates include a revised layout, a larger paddock area and improved facilities.
Jarno Trulli, for one, has stated he would be disappointed not to see Imola back on the calendar.
"If it were a definitive decision, I would regret it a lot," the Italian told Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport.
"As an Italian driver I would want as many Italian GPs as possible. But we know that in F1 politics play a big part. I hope that Imola re-enters."