FORMULA 1: QUALIFYING: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

SATURDAY, 31st October 2020


ROUND 13: EMIRATES GRAN PREMIO DELL'EMILIA ROMAGNA 2020



Brief History

 

Imola – or the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari as it is popularly known, has been a host to 27 Formula 1 races from 1981 to 2006. Since the Italian Grand Prix was always held in Monza, the race at Imola was christened the San Marino Grand Prix.


Michael Schumacher has the maximum number of Formula 1 wins so far at Imola - 7 to his name. Williams and Ferrari hold the maximum number of constructor wins at Imola - 8 each (ironically neither constructor looks in a position of strong contention in 2020)



Circuit Stats

 

  1. The Imola circuit is an entirely anticlockwise circuit comprising of 19 turns - 10 to the left and 9 to the right.

  2. Lap distance - 4.909 km

  3. No. of laps - 63

  4. Total Racing Distance - 309.049 kms

 

INTERESTING FACTS:

  1. Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN is the only man on the grid who has raced at Imola before.

  2. Italy has hosted at least one championship race every year, making it the only country to have hosted 100 world championship races!

 

FIA UPDATE for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix:

Before: The white line defines the track limit at every turn on the track.


After: Track limits at Turn 13 relaxed to the red and green kerb due to 15 lap time deletions in the practice session. (At all other turns, the white line is the track limit on either side)



What Drivers Need to Watch Out For

 

Narrow Track: Only 10 track passes have happened in the last 6 Grand Prix, making this track non-conducive for overtaking. It also means drivers need to watch out for track limits at high speed turns such as turns 9, 15 and 18.


Tyre Temperature: Imola is a cooler track and drivers will struggle to maintain tyre temperature for pace and grip at high speed turns.


Max Verstappen's Red Bull looks extremely close to the two Mercedes cars this evening. His blistering pace during the practice session is keeping Hamilton and Bottas on their toes.



QUALIFYING RESULTS

 

Q1 Results:


P16: Romain GROSJEAN

P17: Kevin MAGNUSSEN

P18: Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN

P19: Nicholas LATIFI

P20: Antonio GIOVINAZZI



Q2 Results:


  • Max VERSTAPPEN faces engine issues but Red Bull fix his engine in a matter of minutes and give him one lap to save himself and he goes 6th fastest

  • Pierre Gasly continues his streak of impressive performances and goes 5th fastest

  • Sebastian Vettel struggles for pace in his Ferrari, putting him at a disappointing P14

  • Racing Point struggle as well getting eliminated in Q2


P11: Sergio PEREZ

P12: Esteban OCON

P13: George RUSSELL

P14: Sebastian VETTEL

P15: Lance STROLL


Q3 Results:


  • Valtteri Bottas snatches pole from Lewis Hamilton, with a gap of 0.097 secs in a beautiful flying lap!

  • Gasly equals his career best start of P4 from 2019


P1: Valtteri BOTTAS

P2: Lewis HAMILTON

P3: Max VERSTAPPEN

P4: Pierre GASLY

P5: Daniel RICCIARDO

P6: Alexander ALBON

P7: Charles LECLERC

P8: Daniil KVYAT

P9: Lando NORRIS

P10: Carlos SAINZ








Who will grab the chequered flag first at the race tomorrow? Tell us what you think in your comments below.

 

All pictures used in this post are the courtesy of the Formula 1 website and Instagram page.

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