Thursday, November 17, 2005

Obviously, Italian judges aren't elected....

From TSN - The Sports Network // 11/17/2005

The Italian Grand Prix is in danger of not being staged next year following a court ruling which limits the amount of noise coming from the circuit.

Milan civil court judge Marco Manunta ruled that racing is a "superfluous, dangerous and socially useless activity with a big impact on the environment."

Unless a suitable system is put in place to further reduce the noise levels, all competitions will be banned at the Monza circuit.

The ruling comes after a 2001 complaint filed by residents who live near the track. They complained that their lives had been turned into a living hell by the noise of racing cars at the circuit.

"At the moment we wouldn't be able to host any F1 activity," Enrico Ferrari, the director of the Monza autodrome, tells Gazzetta dello Sport.

However, Ferrari says there is still plenty of time to resolve the issues before the Italian Grand Prix next September.

A planned rally event at the track this weekend will go ahead because track officials say the noise levels are "within the current set of rules".

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