KEEPING IT IN ITALY: Imola's president said that the racetrack is willing to alternate with Monza to host the F1 Italian GP. Image: Facebook / Red Bull Racing
Italy - Imola and Monza may be able to peacefully co-exist in Formula 1.
That is the claim of Daniele Manca, mayor of the town of Imola, whose local circuit hosted many San Marino grands prix until 2006.
Bernie Ecclestone has been in troubled negotiations with Monza over a new contract beyond 2016, with Imola near Bologna emerging as a potential replacement.
Alteration not excluded
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said at Baku: "It's better to be at Monza, I suppose, or maybe nowhere. Let's wait and see."
Imola's circuit chief said last week that Imola is ready to simply take over from Monza from 2017, but mayor Manca has indicated that co-existence may be possible.
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Manca is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I had proposed a system of alliances that takes into account the two motor racing circuits.
"That of Monza, whose history I want to respect, and that of Imola, with its 26 F1 GPs."
But he said he cannot accept that the Automobile club of Italy, the ACI, "wants to only give" millions in funding to Monza, "not to us".
Manca added: "Our proposal was not of opening a competition with Monza, as we can also do an alternation."