The president of the Automobile Club of Milan, Geronimo La Russa, hopes that Formula 1 will allow the ‘Frecce Tricolori’ (the equivalent of the Red Arrows in Italy) to fly over the Monza Autodrome during the F1 Italian Grand Prix.
This week, RacingNews365 reported that flypasts before the start of Formula 1 races have been banned for environmental reasons. The Formula 1 championship has not confirmed this, but the Italian organisers are hopeful that this popular fan tradition will be maintained.
“I hope that the intention to eliminate the Frecce Tricolori at the Italian Formula One Grand Prix will be cancelled and that ultimately a solution will be found so that spectators are not deprived of a spectacle within the spectacle, as well as a strong reminder of national identity,” La Russa told Italian news agency ANSA.
“It is normal that environmental sustainability is also one of the objectives, but I still believe that the Frecce Tricolori parade is a winning element and an added value appreciated by all.”
Last year, Sebastian Vettel was the only driver on the grid to complain about aircraft flying over the circuits, with the German claiming that the flights consumed fuel “unnecessarily”.