Imola is one of the tracks more recognizable by the fans of Formula 1 The path Italian hosted the Formula 1 for the first time in 1980, while Monza was undergoing a renovation, and for 26 seasons, was the venue for the second race in Italy, the Grand Prix of San Marino, that managed to make a place in the history of the sport for various events, including the tragic weekend of 1994. Now, a decade after his departure from the calendar, the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari could again be hosting a GP of Formula 1 if Monza falls in disgrace.
The mythical Italian circuit, which in the 67 seasons of Formula 1 history has only been absent in the above-mentioned 1980, it takes a few years on the tightrope, fighting with Bernie Ecclestone about the fees to be paid, and several Italian fountains indicated that the circuit could not cope with the same in 2017, after the reduction of the contribution of the government. Mugello has come to the fore as a possibility, and discussions are ongoing to avoid such an outcome, but at Imola you have seen the ears of the wolf, and, according to reports Autosport, the circuit is more than willing to inherit the contract of the Grand Prix of Italy from the beginning of next season and even would have already begun contacts with Ecclestone.
From his last Grand Prix, in 2006, the facilities of the Imola have been extensively remodeled. The circuit has a paddock completely rebuilt, after demolishing the previous; a few pits more spacious and a slight redesign of the layout, which ignores the last chicane, so that the cars can go toe-to-background from the dual curve to the left of Rivazza to the chicane to Tamburello, all with a average speed close to that of the original version, used until the fateful 1994.
GP2 already had the opportunity to race at this track in 2011, when Imola had to exercise as the last race of the emergence of the now defunct Asia Series, and categories like the Formula 3 european or World Superbikes have raced at him recintemente, with great success. Now just got to wait for events. The Formula 1 would lose much of their be without its temple of speed, but, if a circuit has the entity to replace it, that is Imola.