Emilia Romagna GP, Imola, 18 April, 2021

2021 Emilia Romagna GP Imola Track Map Photo FIA Edited by MAXF1net

Races 1 (2020)
Laps 63
Circuit lenght 4909 m
Race distance 309.049 km
Fastest race lap 1:15.484 (Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W11, 2020)
Record lap 1:13.609 (Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F1 W11, Q3, 2020)

RECORDS (after 2020 race)

DRIVERS CONSTRUCTORS ENGINE MAKES
Wins Lewis Hamilton (1) Mercedes (1) Mercedes (1)
Pole positions Valtteri Bottas (1) Mercedes (1) Mercedes (1)
Fastest laps Lewis Hamilton (1) Mercedes (1) Mercedes (1)
Podium places Hamilton, Bottas i Ricciardo (1) Mercedes (2) Mercedes (2)
Front rows Hamilton i Bottas (1) Mercedes (2) Mercedes (2)
Races led Hamilton i Bottas (1) Mercedes (1) Mercedes (1)
Kilometers led Lewis Hamilton (221) Mercedes (309) Mercedes (309)
Points Lewis Hamilton (190) Mercedes (44) Mercedes (52)

2021 EMILIA ROMAGNA GP TIMETABLE

1st free practice Fri 11:00
2nd free practice Fri 14:30
3rd free practice Sat 11:00
Qualifying Sat 14:00
Race Sun 15:00
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The Emilia Romagna GP was first run in 2020 as one of three races in Italy, caused by a coronavirus pandemic, on the well-known track in Imola called Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

The first race on the track in Imola was held in 1980 and hosted the Grand Prix of Italy, which only that year did not take place in Monza, and the race has been kept in the F1 calendar in 1981 under the name of the Grand Prix of San Marino.

The track was 5040 meters long, but was significantly slowed down in 1995 after the tragic events at the 1994 San Marino GP when Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna lost their lives.

To slow down the track, the extremely fast left Tamburello turn at the start of the lap was intersected with a quick combination of left, right and left turns, and almost non-existing Villeneuve right hander was replaced by a fast left and right combination before the Tosa corner which remained the same.

Hakkinen Imola 1999 Daniele Amaduzzi photo
Mika Hakkinen, McLaren MP4-14, 1999 San Marino GP (Photo: Daniele Amaduzzi / McLaren)

Acque Mineralli corners have also slowed down, and the Rivazza corners have also been changed, especially the second one which has become significantly slower. The Variante Bassa chicane, which has consisted of one instead of two chicanes since 1995, has also undergone changes.

These changes significantly slowed down the cars, so the 1995 pole position was as much as 5.7 seconds slower than in 1994, although the times per lap in 1995 on other tracks were generally faster or similar despite the reduced engine capacity from 3.5 to 3.0 liters.

The track was used in that configuration, with only minor changes, in Formula 1 until 2006, when the last race on that track configuration was held and the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari track returned to Formula 1 in 2020 as the host of the Emilia Romagna GP.

In its F1 return after 14 years, the track undergone changes in the last sector as the previous last chicane Variante Bassa disappeared and was replaced by two slight right turns which combined with much faster cars brought much shorter lap times. The track was shortened from 4959 to 4909 meters with this change.

Schumacher celebrates victory San Marino F1 2006 Imola Foto Ferrari
Schumacher celebrates his first victory in 2006 for Ferrari at Imola circuit (Photo: Ferrari)

The fastest lap in 2006 was driven by Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari F248F1 in the second part of the qualifying (Q1, Q2 and Q3 were introduced as three segments of qualifying that year) in a time of 1:22.579 (average 216.2 km/h) and Valtteri Bottas in 2020 won the pole position with the fastest lap in Q3 in a time of 1:13.609.

With an average 2020 pole position speed of 240.1 km/h, Imola is the fourth fastest track in last year’s calendar after Monza (262 km/h), Silverstone (251.6 km/h), Mugello (251.2 km/h) and Spa Francorchamps (249.0 km/h).

For good lap in Imola drivers need a car that is good when changing direction, which is crucial in the fast first sector where there are two fast chicanes Tamburello and Villeneuve, and acceleration from slow turns is crucial in the Tosa and the second Rivazza corner.

Also very important is the stable behavior of the car over the kerbs, which are quite high in some places, while in terms of tyre and brakes wear, the track is approximately in the middle terms in the F1 calendar.

Since the track is very narrow, overtaking is very difficult, so the result of the qualifying is extremely important while the best opportunity to overtake is certainly the braking zone for the first corner, after the longest straight where drivers can use the DRS.

AUTODROMO ENZO E DINO FERRARI – IMOLA

2021 Emilia Romagna GP Imola Track Map Photo FIA Edited by MAXF1net
Photo: FIA

TRACK CHARACTERISTICS

2021 Emilia Romagna GP Imola F1 circuit information Photo Pirelli Edited by MAXF1net
Photo: Pirelli

HISTORY

San Marino GP

Nigel Mansell Williams FW14B San Marino GP Imola F1 1992 Foto Williams
Nigel Mansell on his way to the fifth consecutive victory at the start of 1992 F1 season in Imola (Photo: Williams/LAT)

The first five San Marino GPs (1981-1985) were won by five different drivers (Piquet, Pironi, Tambay, Prost and de Angelis) and Alain Prost became the first multiple winner in 1986 race when he won for McLaren.

Nigel Mansell celebrated in his Williams Honda in 1987 and Ayrton Senna won in 1988 and 1989 after controversially overtaking teammate Prost at the restart in 1989, violating an intra-team deal that led to a dramatic deterioration in relations between McLaren drivers.

Riccardo Patrese achieved his first and only victory in the F1 season of 1990 in Imola and a year later Ayrton Senna celebrated for the third time.

Nigel Mansell achieved his fifth consecutive victory at the start of the season in 1992, Alain Prost celebrated in 1993 in dominant Williams by winning both pole position and fastest lap and Michael Schumacher won the tragic 1994 race in which Ayston Senna was killed.

Damon Hill won for Williams in 1995 and 1996 while Heinz-Harald Frentzen achieved his first F1 career victory at the 1997 San Marino GP and third in a row for the Williams team on this track.

David Coulthard defeated Michael Schumacher in 1998, and Mika Hakkinen crashed in the last chicane from the big lead in 1999 so Schumacher celebrated ahead of Coulthard.

Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen had an extremely tense strategic battle at the 2000 San Marino Grand Prix, which was won by the German, and in 2001 his brother Ralf Schumacher achieved his first victory in Formula 1.

Michael led Ferrari’s 1-2 victory in 2002, he also won in front of Kimi Raikkonen in 2003, the day after his mother died, and in 2004 he won against Jenson Button who had won first pole position in his F1 career the day before.

Michael Schumacher won the fourth cosecutive race in 2004 F1 season in Imola (Photo: Ferrari)

Fernando Alonso managed to hold Michael Schumacher in the exciting 2005 San Marino GP and achieve a victory for Renault, and a year later Schumacher defeated Alonso in another tense fight.

2020 Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton achieved his ninth victory in 2020 and 93rd of his career by beating Valtteri Bottas by a longer first stint on medium tyres, Bottas finished second after Max Verstappen retired as Mercedes celebrated its seventh consecutive constructors ’title.

For Hamilton, it was his 72nd win for Mercedes, exactly as many as Schumacher scored for Ferrari, and his 162nd podium, and Mercedes made history with its seventh consecutive constructors’ title as no Formula 1 team managed to do it.

After a part of Vettel’s front wing got stuck under his car, Bottas lost his performance and went wide in the last corner in the 36th lap, which did not cost him his position, and again in the 42nd lap, which allowed Verstappen a successful attack with the help of DRS.

Verstappen could not reduce Hamilton’s advantage, and in the 51st lap he retired after the rear right tyre bursted, which caused the safety car to come out.

Bottas and Hamilton replaced hard tyres with soft and Russell in Williams crashed during a safety car while he was tenth, which would be his first point in his F1 career. This further delayed the restart of the race which took place in lap 58, with Ricciardo coming from fifth to third because Renault did not invite him to change tyres, unlike Perez in Racing Point.

2020 Emilia Romagna Imola Hamilton and Bottas Mercedes after the race Photo Daimler Mercedes AMG TwitterHamilton won on F1 return in Imola ahead of Bottas and Ricciardo (Photo: Daimler)

Perez started on medium and with the long first stint avoided getting stuck behind Magnussen who was not yet in the pits and after Raikkonen has pitted Perez held fourth place before the safety car came out.

Perez fell behind Ricciardo, Leclerc and Albon due to tyre change from hard to soft, while Kvyat, Sainz and Norris also took soft tyres for the sprint to the end of the race.

Kvyat made good use of new tyres and battled to fourth place and even threatened Ricciardo in the fight for the podium, but finished 0.8 s behind him while Leclerc in Ferrari was fifth and finished the fifth race in a row in points.

Perez finished sixth from 11th though he will surely be disappointed as he could have been third had the team not pitted him for the second time while Sainz and Norris profited from the event at the end of the race and finished seventh and eighth even though they were ninth and tenth before Verstappen retired.

Raikkonen and Giovinazzi scored points for Alfa Romeo together for the first time in 2020 after starting from 18th and 20th place so Alfa further escaped from Haas and Williams in eighth place in the constructors’ standings.

2020 EMILIA ROMAGNA GP RESULTS

1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 63 1:28:32.430
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 63 1:28:38.213 5.783
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 63 1:28:46.750 14.320
4 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 63 1:28:47.571 15.141
5 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 63 1:28:51.541 19.111
6 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point/Mercedes 63 1:28:52.082 19.652
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 63 1:28:52.660 20.230
8 4 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 63 1:28:53.561 21.131
9 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 63 1:28:54.654 22.224
10 99 A.Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 63 1:28:58.828 26.398
11 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 63 1:28:59.565 27.135
12 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 63 1:29:00.883 28.453
13 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 63 1:29:01.593 29.163
14 8 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 63 1:29:05.365 32.935
15 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull/Honda 63 1:29:29.714 57.284
63 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 51 Spun off
33 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 50 Puncture
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 47 Headache
31 Esteban Ocon Renault 27 Clustch
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 8 Overheating

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton – 1:15.484 (lap 63)