Two races in Italy, but Ferrari is not winning
Having not won the Formula One world titles in the constructors since 2008, Ferrari fans have been waiting for almost two decades for the Maranello team to return to the top and were confident that 2023 would be the season to challenge Red Bull for the titles, following a 2022 campaign in which the Italian side started perfectly but eventually had to settle for P2 both in the Drivers and Constructors championships, with a clear target to come back stringer in 2023.
The start of the championship does not seem to live to to the expectations of the winter and after just three grands prix it seems rather unlikely that the SF-23 will allow Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to fight for the title, especially after seeing the strength of Red Bull.
The world championship standings don’t lie and fourth place among the manufacturers seems to reflect the current level of competitiveness of the Maranello team, 97 points behind the lead in the standings and with Charles Leclerc only tenth in the Drivers’ championship ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. In short, the start was certainly not memorable and it is hoped that the trend will be reversed with the updates scheduled for the single-seater in the next few rounds of a season that still sees twenty more GPs on the calendar. Two of these races will be held in Italy, with the Imola stage scheduled for the weekend of 19-21 May and that of Monza on 1-3 September.
Sticchi Damiani expresses his concerns
The president of ACI, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, is actively working to try to keep the Italian Grand Prix on the calendar beyond 2025, invoking economic aid that can allow the racetrack to continue hosting the world championship race and pointing out that it is unlikely for Italy to be able to host two Formula 1 events in the future.
Sticchi Damiani was recently interviewed by Radio Rai, on the program ‘La politica nel calcio’, emphasizing how the response from the public for the Imola and Monza races was below expectations: “We have to keep our commitments with Formula 1 and the ticket sales for the two races are not going as hoped. Ferrari’s performance is decisive: when Ferrari is fast and goes well, the peaks of purchases rise”.
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In reality, however, the numbers show a totally opposite situation. As for the Imola weekend, despite the recently added grandstands, there are only a few tickets available, especially for Sunday.
The situation very similar also in Monza. If we go to the site dedicated to the sale of tickets for the Grand Prix, it can be seen that there are only a few seats left in the grandstands at the first variant.