Imola back?

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Ital­ian cir­cuit Imola may be poised to re­turn to the F1 cal­en­dar in the fu­ture, with cir­cuit chiefs trav­el­ling to Bahrain to hold talks with Bernie Ec­cle­stone. Imola’s chief Sel­vatico Estense at­tended a meet­ing with Ec­cle­stone at Sakhir and it is be­lieved F1 was the main sub­ject. The talks come amid the un­cer­tainty over the fu­ture of Monza as the host of the Ital­ian Grand Prix. Imola hasn’t hosted a GP since 2006, but has re­cently been re­vamped and holds the cor­rect FIA Grade 1 li­cence to do so.

Toby Sow­ery will com­plete the full sea­son of BRDC British For­mula 3 this year with Lanan Rac­ing.

The Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award fi­nal­ist con­tested the open­ing week­end at Snet­ter­ton with the team but that was just a one-round deal.

The 19-year-old has now se­cured the bud­get for the full sea­son, hav­ing im­pressed in Nor­folk and is cur­rently third in the stand­ings.

“It’s great to know that I should be able to do the full year,” said Sow­ery. “At the first week­end we didn’t ex­pect to be quite as quick as we were and we know where we can find more pace.

“We will be go­ing to try and win it. But even with Lando Nor­ris not do­ing all the rounds there are still some other re­ally quick driv­ers.”

Team boss Gra­ham John­son added: “It’s good news. The first race was to get him out there and see how he looked and he en­joyed the car.”

John­son said the squad is still look­ing for a third driver to part­ner Sow­ery and Akhil Rabindra but won’t have any­one signed un­til the third round at the ear­li­est.

Sow­ery was a star on BRDC F3 de­but, and will now fin­ish the sea­son

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