Boom start with the Doctor: now the F1 – Chronicle exam

The appetizer whetted the appetite. Now on with the main course. The start of the season at the Autodromo, with the Gt world challenge europe which brought the general public back to Enzo and Dino Ferrari, raises even more expectations for the return of Formula 1 to the Santerno (April 22-24) 16 years after the last Grand Prix with the fans in the stands.

“There was nothing better than starting our racing season with an event of this magnitude – comments Pietro Benvenuti, director of the circuit -. We were immediately ready, making our professionalism and competence available to the organizer. international event management. With good reason, I can say that everything went as we expected. And this was also an important test in view of the Formula 1 Grand Prix “.

The feeling of restarting, a real Risorgimento for the city circuit, is evident. “The greatest emotion was seeing the open stands full, which the pandemic had taken away from us,” said Benvenuti. Formula Imola has quantified at 20 thousand, including insiders, the attendance at the Autodrome during an event that animated the city system for almost a week. And then there are the many, many fans and onlookers without tickets who crowded behind the nets around the track on Sunday.

“Great enthusiasm also due to the presence of Valentino Rossi, who – summarizes the director of the Autodrome – attracted not only the public but also the most important national media, who gave the event and consequently also Imola , a truly significant coverage. We started off on the right foot, moving forward with the determination and passion that distinguish us “.

In less than three weeks, the appointment with the Circus. Tickets for the race on Sunday 24 April are already practically unavailable. At the moment, there is only room in one of the three central stands. All other fixed and temporary structures are exhausted. However, the opening of ticket sales is now imminent for the last 25% of the seats still available, blocked so far by the state of health emergency ended in recent days, as well as the spaces (still off-limits) on the La Tosa lawns. and Rivazza.

The goal of reaching 80 thousand spectators, indicated in recent weeks by Benvenuti himself, therefore appears close at hand. As well as that of breaking through 100 thousand admissions over the entire weekend. In this sense, the presence of the Sprint race on Saturday is a strong incentive for those who plan to arrive in Imola not only to attend the Sunday race. A Ferrari that is finally competitive again, after years of suffering that have united the street circuit and the Red of Maranello, does the rest.

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