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Imola pushes ahead with redevelopment

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07/09/2006

Organizers at Imola are to push ahead with a redevelopment programme despite the fact that the San Marino Grand Prix has been omitted from the provisional calendar for 2007.

The planned redevelopment programme, which includes a new pit and paddock complex, and the removal of the Variante Bassa chicane, will begin in early October, with completion due in March.

The 7m project is vital if Imola is to retain its place on the calendar, with Bernie Ecclestone demanding that the work be completed if the track is to host a race in 2007.

When the FIA announced its provisional 2007 schedule last month, both the San Marino and European Grands Prix were missing. However, just 24-hours after the calendar had been made public, the Mayor of Imola, Massimo Marchignoli, said that he remained hopeful the town's race track, which has hosted twenty-six San Marino Grands Prix and one Italian Grand Prix, would host an F1 race in 2007.

"We're not dead yet," he said. "Only a few days ago, Bernie Ecclestone told the president of SAGIS (the company that runs the Imola circuit) that the race would be held on April 29.

Imola has a contract to host an F1 race until 2009, providing all the required modifications have been carried out.

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