Imola Track Guide
|Location: Imola, Italy||Track Length: 4.959 km||Laps: 63||Lap Record: 1:15.484|
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix F1 circuit guide
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a new name on the Formula 1 calendar in 2020, but its host track has a long history in the sport.
The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, more commonly known as Imola, is a 3.050-mile track, consisting of 17 turns based in the Italian town of Imola, 25 miles east of Bologna.
As for where the race gets its name from, well simply Emilia Romagna is the region that the track is based in.
Unlike most major international circuits Imola runs in an anti-clockwise direction, with its official name designed as a tribute to Ferrari's founder Enzo Ferrari, and his son Alfredo Ferrari who died in 1956 at the age of 24.
It's no surprise then that in previous visits to the circuit Ferrari fans have flooded through the gates for their home race.
Imola played host to the 1980 Italian Grand Prix, and then the San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006.
The track has undergone several alterations over the years, with the current layout being in place since 2008.
2020 was the first F1 race to take place on the new layout and it is scheduled to return on the second race weekend of the 2021 calendar.
It is a much safer circuit in modern times and holds an FIA Grade One licence. Sadly Imola will always remembered for the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994 when he crashed at the Tamburello corner which after that tragedy was never driven flat out again. Instead, it was reduced to a 4th gear left-right sweeper, and a gravel trap was added to the limited space on the outside of the corner.
Roland Ratzenberger had also died the day before in qualifying after a sickening high-speed crash at the Villeneuve corner. That was also reduced to a 4th-gear bend with gravel added around the outside.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix F1 circuit information
As part of the updated layout at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari the final chicane has been removed, leaving a near straight run all the way to Turn 2.
And for the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, drivers will get only one practice session to familiarise themselves with the track.
The track is built for speed, endurance and bravery to tackle its sweeping, technical corners.
Turn 1 - Just a left bend in the straight, barely noticeable.
Turn 2/3/4 (Variante Tamburello) - An extremely challenging corner, brake and sweep left, right and left again but accelerating the whole time. Misjudge the braking zone and it's straight into the gravel ahead.
Turn 5/6 (Variante Villeneuve) - Building up pace again, the first left bend is flat out, but a tighter right as drivers hit the brakes. Extremely easy to get it wrong and go off into the gravel.
Turn 7 (Tosa) - An iconic left hairpin, plenty of time to be won and lost here depending on how the car sticks, and a good overtaking opportunity too.
Turn 8 (Piratella) - Drive uphill as the left bend of Piratella comes into view. Could be done flat out by the brave in qualifying trim.
Turn 9/10 (Acque Minerali) - Another corner where it's easy to go wrong, keep the throttle planted through the first right bend then on the brakes for the second. Gravel surrounds the corner.
Turn 11/12 (Variante Alta) - A tight, technical, but fast right-to-left chicane.
Turn 13 - Nothing more than a right kink to position the car for Rivazza.
Turn 14/15 (Rivazza) - Brake for this double left with a brief acceleration between. Into the run-off area or even worse gravel if you lock up at the first part.
Turn 16/17 (Variante Bassa) - Pit entry is on the right at Turn 16, but what was once a chicane is now just two of the three very slight kinks in the full-throttle run down to Turn 2.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Schedule: 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
Friday, April 16, FP1: 1130-1230
Friday, April 16, FP2: 1500-1600
Saturday, April 17, FP3: 1200-1300
Saturday, April 17, Qualifying: 1500
Sunday, April 18, Race: 1500
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix tickets: how to get them for the big race
The Formula 1 website are asking people to leave contact details with them so that they can be contacted once details on ticket packages for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix are released.
Motorsporttickets.com and grandprixevents.com are doing the same with a decision still yet to be made on whether or not fans can attend the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix directions: how to get there
Imola, where the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is based, sits 5 miles off the A14 highway for those travelling by car. Use the Imola exit from the E45 onto the SP610 and finally take Via Lasie, Via Lughese/Via Provinciale Lughese/SP54 and Via A.Graziadei to the track.
The SS9 will take you to the track if travelling from east of the circuit.
The nearest international airport is at Bologna, whilst reaching the track by train is convenient with Imola's main station less than 3km away from the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix history, memorable races and past winners
Whilst the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the first in Formula 1 history, the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari has an established legacy in Formula 1.
And firmly in the centre of that legacy is Michael Schumacher, who has won the San Marino Grand Prix an incredible seven times, including winning a fearsome battle to the line with rival Fernando Alonso at the final San Marino Grand Prix in 2006, a repeat of that same duel one year earlier but with the opposite outcome.
And for Ferrari the reward of all their success with Schumacher is the joint record with Williams for most wins as a Constructor at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari with eight.
Drivers with most wins
Michael Schumacher, 7 wins (1994, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Ayrton Senna, 3 wins (1988, 1989, 1991)
Alain Prost, 3 wins (1984, 1986, 1993)
Nigel Mansell, 2 wins (1987, 1992)
Damon Hill, 2 wins (1995, 1996)
Teams with most wins
Ferrari, 8 wins (1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Williams, 8 wins (1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001)
McLaren, 6 wins (1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1998)
Last 10 wins
2020 - Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2006 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
2005 - Fernando Alonso, Renault
2004 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
2003 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
2002 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
2001 - Ralf Schumacher, Williams
2000 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
1999 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
1998 - David Coulthard, McLaren
Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari F1 circuit fastest lap
With 2020 being the only F1 race on the current layout, Lewis Hamilton's fastest lap of 1:15.484 set a new record.
His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas holds the best pole time, having recorded a time of 1:13.609.
Incidentally, Fernando Alonso will forever hold the lap record on the previous layout with a 1:24.569 which he set in the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix.
Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari: what the drivers say
Sebastian Vettel: “It was an impressive track. It would be great to go back there because you can really feel the speed of the cars. It reminded me of Japan in a way. It would be nice to go back to Imola.”
Italian (Emilia-Romagna) Grand Prix Schedule April 16-18
|Practice 1||16 Apr 2021 11:00 AM|
|Practice 2||16 Apr 2021 2:30 PM|
|Practice 3||17 Apr 2021 11:00 AM|
|Qualifying 1||17 Apr 2021 2:00 PM|
|Qualifying 2||17 Apr 2021 2:00 PM|
|Qualifying 3||17 Apr 2021 2:00 PM|
|Race||18 Apr 2021 3:00 PM|