Teams agree on 18 races for 2007
|Monday, September 18th 2006, 16:29 GMT|
Imola could still appear on the 2007 Formula One World Championship calendar, after the governing body and the teams agreed today to expand next year's calendar to 18 rounds.
The FIA released a 17-race calendar last month, which did not include the San Marino Grand Prix.
However, the calendar featured a four-week gap between the Bahrain Grand Prix, on April 15, and the Spanish Grand Prix, on May 13. Traditionally, the Imola round would be slotted in that gap, on April 29.
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has demanded a revamp of the track as a condition to keep the race next season, and the Italian government has already guaranteed its backing for the modifications.
Work on the circuit is set to begin in October and finish around March, in time for the race.
The inclusion of Imola is subject to the World Motor Sport Council approval, when the body convenes in the winter to approve the final 2007 calendar.