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ROMA, EUR F.1 (1985)
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Not to be confused with Castelfusano - Circuito Ostiense - Roma (1912) - Roma, Colle Ferro - Roma, EUR F.1 (201x) - Roma, Grotta Perfetta - Roma, Monte Mario - Roma, Parioli / Valle Giulia - Roma, Pista del Littorio - Roma, Prenestino - Roma, Terme di Caracalla - Roma, Tre Fontane - Roma, Tre Monti - Torricola
Description At beginning of August 1983 Enzo Ferrari proposed to Ugo Vetere, Mayor of Rome, to organize a F.1 GP in Rome for brightening up motor sporting passion monopolized by football, thanks to recent victory of Roma football team. This idea was welcomed both by Rome Mayor and by Italian and International sport authorities. On October 21st 1983 Enzo Ferrari, during his usual press conference, announced that the Mayor, CSAI and Mr.Ecclestone agreed for racing a GP in October 1984 or in October 1985, not later. Immediately first protests arose, because somebody is considered antiecological. On July 14th 1984 FISA put Rome GP in F.1 1985 calendar as spare GP, but there is an Europe GP scheduled on September 22nd that could hide Rome GP. On December 19th 1984 F.1 Commission canceled Dallas GP and it replaced it with Europe GP, to be raced in Rome on October 13th 1985. On February 14th 1985 the circuit was approved by FISA inspectors with few variations. At the end of February polemics spread like wildfire: some parties were against because of ecological reasons. On March 15th there was no lawful number for voting in Town Council, but all parties, including ones that once had beed in favour, were unequivocally against the GP, probably also considering local elections scheduled on following May. The day after ACI president Mr.Rosario Alessi and CSAI president Mr.Fabrizio Serena announce to FISA the rejection and GP was raced at Brands Hatch. Technical organization was done by Maurizio Flammini and his organization, Flammini Racing: he himself thought that Rome GP should have been a race to be held only once, in order to make it an sole event. For more details about any single proposal, see below.
At beginning of 2009 a F.1 GP was proposed, to be scheduled in 2011. For more details, see this page. In the same area Tre Fontane circuit was in use in 1928÷1931.
Location Roma EUR
RM - Roma - Lazio
Location Via Cristoforo Colombo, EUR area, Rome
Latitude - Longitude + 41°49'36"     + 12°28'02"
41.826667     12.467222
UTM Coordinates X = 289665.371  -  Y = 4633632.917  -  Zone 33T
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Altitude AMSL 47 m - 154 ft
Inauguration  
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian ForumForum --> Europe --> Italy --> ITA GP Roma F.1 1985 [ITA]
(2) Italian Rombo 45/1983 (page 12)Quanto è reale il progetto?
(3) Italian Rombo 47/1983 (page 34)Ancora discussioni sulla proposta - tracciato proposto da un lettore
(4) Italian Rombo 3/1984 (page 15)OK e consigli da Ferrari (con mappa)
(5) Italian Rombo 11/1984 (page 20)I circuiti italiani si ribellano al circuito cittadino di Roma
(6) Italian Rombo 21/1984 (page 30)Punto della situazione "politica"
(7) Italian Autosprint 32/1984 (page 75)Progetto in dettaglio
(8) Italian Rombo 47/1984 (page 5)Punto della situazione
(9) Italian Autosprint 51/1984 (page 75)Proposta di un lettore
(10) Italian Autosprint 52/1984 (page 15)Punto della situazione
(11) Italian Autosprint 1/1985 (page 15)
(12) Italian Autosprint 3/1985 (page 27)
(13) Italian Rombo 4/1985 (page 75)Flammini rassicura sul futuro del GP Roma
(14) Italian Rombo 5/1985 (page 30)La FISA richiede una chicane
(15) Italian Autosprint 7/1985 (page 19)
(16) Italian Rombo 7/1985 (page 36)GP Roma: elezioni comunali (in maggio) e i verdi bloccano il GP?
(17) Italian Rombo 7/1985 (page 92)Decisa la chicane e le altre modifiche richieste dalla FISA
(18) Italian Rombo 11/1985 (page 29)GP Roma: denunciato l’AC Roma, il GP è a rischio
(19) Italian Rombo 12/1985 (page 22)GP Roma F.1: annullato
(20) Italian Autosprint 5/2009 (page 9)Map and description in brief

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Roma, EUR F.1 (1985)
Original proposal
Description I have no info and I don’t know when it was proposed. I only know it was quite similar to the second proposal, but direction was anticlockwise
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page February 24th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Roma, EUR F.1 (1985)
Description Direction was clockwise: it was reversed in order to about funnel bend after lake bridge. Finish line was uphill; for this reason starting grid was moved 250 m back, in a level section of Via Cristoforo Colombo that is not used for the circuit. Pits, paddock and a big tribune for 26000 spectators are obtained on the square in front of Palazzetto dello Sport (Basket Arena). Some chicanes are added in order to keep average speed around 150 km/h - 93 mph. As regard safety, both safety nets and triple armco barriers should be used. Besides "usual" cranes used on street circuits for removing cars from the track, some small electrical vehicles for service and safety needs should be used between armco and nets, in order to avoid to have them on the track. Few Preparation works are needed: some trees should be moved in Palazzetto dello Sport parking, a couple of flowerbeds and a median strip hundreds of meters long should be removed before Piazzale Marconi. As it’s a sole event, after the GP all these few works should be restored.
Years 1984
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page March 20th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Via Cristoforo Colombo - Piazzale Marconi
length 3731  m 12241  ft 2.318  mi   (7)
Min width 12  m 39  ft      (7)
Max width 16  m 52  ft      (7)
Max width 25  m 82  ft    Piazzale Marconi (Marconi Square) (7)

Roma, EUR F.1 (1985)
Description After GP was assigned, a lot of work were made and some changes were made to the proposed circuit. Start line was moved on Via Cristoforo Colombo after the lake, at the intersection with Via Africa, in order to avoit an uphill start and to use a section of the road only for starting grid. Finish line was moved on the short straight in front opf pits. Return Hairpin (called «Due Ville», Two Villas) was moved forward in order to keep free the important crossing with Via dell’Oceano Atlantico and Via dell’Oceano Pacifico (both noth shown on my map), both used for deviating normal traffic. At the end of straight in front of the box, only 180 m long, «Curva del Fungo» (Mushroom corner) as reprofiled in order to link better the two straights; before here there was a rough change of gradient. Large bend after the lake was considered too fast and dangerous. As it was not possible to change it nor to add a safety run off area as it’s on a bridge, a chicane was added in the middle od the previous downhill straight. Just after, «Curva delle Poste» (Mail corner) went into a lateral part of Via Cristoforo Colombo, for having better run off areas. «Curvone del’Obelisco» (Obelisk hairpin) in Piazza Marconi was reprofiled too. «Variante del Parcheggio» (Parking chicane) was completely new. The faster section of the circuit should have been the straight before Chicane Nuvolari, where max speed should have been approx. 260 km/h - 161.5 mph. Tribunes should have been in front of the box, in the Obelisk area and at «Variante del Parcheggio» for a total of 55/60 thousands spectators; 60 thousand more spectators should have been placed on the grass, on the small hills close to straights by the side of Palazzetto dello Sport.
Years 1985
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page March 20th 2005
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Chicane Nuvolari - Chicane Palasport - Tornante Delle Ville - Chicane Nervi - Curva del Fungo - Chicane della discesa - Curvone del Laghetto - Curva delle Poste - Curva Europa - Curvone dell’Obelisco - Curva dei Pini - Variante Parcheggio - Curva delle Finanze - Curva del Lago
length 4000  m 13123  ft 2.486  mi    

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Location: + 41°49'36", + 12°28'02"
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PHOTOS

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Unfortunately they are low quality photos, as they have been taken from a bus and they are about half circuit.

Photos by Guido de Carli - November 3rd 2003
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1985 main straight, where starting grid should have been placed. Track direction should have been opposite to traffic one.Palazzetto dello Sport (Arena). Boxes and paddock should have been somewhere in parking in foregroundCorner on Via Cristoforo Colombo, where Chicane Palasport should have been locatedVia Cristoforo Colombo just before Tornante delle Ville (hairpin)

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Curvone dell’Obelisco (Obelisk hairpin), on the opposite side of the trackCurvone dell’Obelisco (Obelisk hairpin): obelisk is hidden by work in progress on the right.Via Cristoforo Colombo. Curva dei Pini (Pines corner) should be somewhere here. In background, Palazzetto dello Sport dome.Hidden by trees, parking proposed for 1985 layout

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Via Cristoforo Colombo. Curva delle Finanze (Financial Corner, so called because it’s near Financial Ministery) and Europe Corner should be somewhere here. In background, Palazzetto dello Sport dome.Curva delle Poste (Mail corner, bacause near to post office)Curva del Lago (Lake corner)Lake. Bridge in background is used by other section of via Cristoforo Colombo and by the track


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
March 21st 2012     Guido de Carli     Update Description
February 24th 2007     Guido de Carli     Update Description
March 21st 2005     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Description with map
November 4th 2003     Guido de Carli     Update Photos (on this site)
August 9th 2003     Guido de Carli     Update Description
June 29th 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
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