Charlie Whiting gives Imola F1 circuit approval

Lewis Hamilton in action during the Italian GP practice on September 4, 2015
© Getty Images
Former San Marino GP host Imola remains on track for a future return to the F1 calendar.

Imola remains on track for a future return to the F1 calendar after an absence of more than ten years.

Before current host Monza's 2017 deal was signed last year, the now-ousted F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone had admitted that Imola - an area of Bologna - was in the running to snatch the historic Italian GP.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, F1 race director Charlie Whiting has performed an inspection and has given Imola the necessary FIA circuit approval to host grands prix in future.

Formula Imola chief Uberto Selvatico Estense said: "I hope that soon there is the confirmation by national authorities so that we can implement at Imola the promises made by the president of the Aci (Automobile Club d'Italia)."

Imola hosted the San Marino GP from 1981 to 2006.

A general view of the circuit before the Formula One Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 6, 2015
Read Next:
Monza angry as Imola steps up GP bid
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

3Red Bull184
4Force India101
6Toro Rosso39
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0