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Ferrari fighting to save Imola

Ferrari are pushing hard to have Imola reinstated on the Formula One calendar next year, team president Luca di Montezemolo said on Saturday.

"I spoke this morning with (Formula One supremo Bernie) Ecclestone, I spoke yesterday at length with the Prime Minister," he told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix.

"I told Ecclestone that for us it is very important that Imola remains.

"Ecclestone gave me plenty of understanding and I want to talk to Prime Minister (Romano) Prodi again tonight to see what can be done because as you know there is a problem of economic investment and the modernisation of the track.

"I am still confident...for Italian motor racing, for Ferrari, for Italy and for (the region of) Emilia-Romagna, Imola is important," added Montezemolo.

Imola, which hosts the San Marino Grand Prix at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit, is the closest track to Ferrari's Maranello headquarters.

The Grand Prix has been struck off next year's slimmed-down 17-round calendar, with Italy and Germany both restricted to just one race each.


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