The President of the Emilia Romagna region says Imola is aiming for a place on future Formula 1 schedules following its one-off return last weekend.
Formula 1 visited Italy for the third time this year, following rounds at Monza and Mugello, by returning to Imola after a 14-year absence.
The event was held under the auspices of the Emilia Romagna region in which Imola is located.
Formula 1 is inching towards a provisional 2021 calendar as close as possible to the pre-Covid-19 2020 roster, with 23 events possible, amid the likely inclusion of Saudi Arabia.
It means there is unlikely to be any room on the schedule for 2020’s stand-in venues but organisers at Imola are optimistic of a full-time return.
“The experts and the drivers were all enthusiastic about the beauty of the place and, above all, of the track,” said Emilia Romagna President Stefano Bonaccini, who was not present at the event after returning a positive Covid-19 test.
“We strongly wanted the return of Formula 1 to Imola after 14 years, together with the Municipality, local institutions and the management of Formula Imola.
“It is with the same team that we will work immediately for the confirmation of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola next year and its stable inclusion in the calendar.
“It is a difficult period but in Emilia-Romagna we have shown once again that we do not stop and that we know how to look ahead.”
Imola circuit boss Uberto Selvatico Estense added that “Formula 1 expressed congratulations for the organisation carried out, among other things, in record time.
“[There is] the hope that the next Formula 1 race in Imola will be run with the presence of the public.
“I especially thank [Formula 1 CEO] Chase Carey and [Global Director of Race Promotion] Chloe Targett-Adams for the realisation of this dream who believed in us and who are helping us to hope for the future.”