Region urges Ferrari to oppose Rome GP

Luca di Montezemolo has been challenged to pledge his support or otherwise to Italy's historic Grand Prix venue Monza. The challenge was thrown out by Monica Rizzi, the regional sports councillor for Lombardy, the governing region of the famous...

Luca di Montezemolo has been challenged to pledge his support or otherwise to Italy's historic Grand Prix venue Monza.

The challenge was thrown out by Monica Rizzi, the regional sports councillor for Lombardy, the governing region of the famous Autodromo Nazionale.

Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno is confident the streets of the Italian capital will host F1 as early as 2012, insisting the event would not threaten Monza's annual date.

But Rizzi does see Rome's bid as a threat to Monza, urging Ferrari president Montezemolo to join those opposed to the extra Italian race.

"Monza is part of the history of our region, it is among the most popular on the Formula One calendar and our pride since 1922. Hands off," she is quoted as having told Corriere dello Sport.

"I think it's time for di Montezemolo to say whether Ferrari is for or against (a race in Rome). As most Ferraris are sold in the north of Italy, I think it would be appropriate," added Rizzi.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca di Montezemolo
Teams Ferrari