Charlie Whiting gives Imola F1 circuit approval

Lewis Hamilton in action during the Italian GP practice on September 4, 2015
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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
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