Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has given the thumbs-down to the idea of Rome hosting a Formula One race each year on its streets.
Italy’s Ansa news agency quoted the influential figure as saying that "we could talk about it" if it was a one-off event.
The Ferrari boss added: "Italy is one of the countries in the world with the greatest number of circuits – an extraordinary one at Mugello, an historic one at Monza and then Imola, Misano, Vallelunga."
His words suggest that he believes Rome’s streets should not be at the front of the queue were Italy to bid to host two races each year (it already has the Monza Grand Prix).
Spain is the only country which hosts two F1 races each season. Despite the global credit crunch and the difficulties experienced by teams such as Honda, there is no shortage of nations looking to get a taste of the F1 experience.
Russia, North America and India are all looking to follow in the footsteps of new Grand Prix locations such as Singapore.
Written by James Christie