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Rome GP's hopes not over - promoter

ESPNF1 Staff
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Rome's mayor Gianni Alemanno and race promoter Maurizio Flammini © Getty Images

The promoter of the Rome Grand Prix insists there is still a chance the Italian capital could host a race by alternating with Monza.

On Thursday a letter from Bernie Ecclestone to Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno was leaked by La Repubblica saying that there should only be one race per country. However, Alemanno has clarified that the letter was not a "rejection" for Rome.

"There is the decision to grant Italy just one grand prix, either at Monza or Rome, or in both cities but in alternated seasons," he is quoted in the Italian media. The mayor added that Rome will announce a "finalised decision" next week.

The race's promoter Maurizio Flammini took Ecclestone's letter to be the start of negotiations with F1 officials and the organisers of the staunchly-opposed Monza event.

"Ecclestone has proposed alternating Rome and Monza," Flammini said in a statement published by ANSA news agency. "We will speak to the Automobile Club of Milan and to [Monza circuit owner] Sias to see if there is the possibility of collaboration."