Bernie Ecclestone is supporting the concept of a grand prix on the streets of Rome, according to organiser Maurizio Flammini.

Bernie Ecclestone is supporting the concept of a grand prix on the streets of Rome, according to organiser Maurizio Flammini.

The idea has gained momentum in recent days, and F1 chief executive Ecclestone's interest was indicated by the inspection of the capital's EUR district recently by his preferred track designer Hermann Tilke.

Flammini told Saturday's La Gazzetta dello Sport: "We have the approval of the city council, the regional government, the provincial government and of Ecclestone too."

Flammini, the World Superbike series promoter, also said the project will have a 150m euro budget for the debut race in 2011 or 2012, to complement that year's Italian grand prix at Monza.

He told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that final plans will be lodged with city and regional authorities by the end of March.

 

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