2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Preview
Preview of the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola
After Lewis Hamilton's dominant Portuguese Grand Prix win in Algarve, a victory that was made even more special as the British driver surpassed Michael Schumachers win tally, Formula One moves on to Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
The Imola Circuit will become the third Italian round of the 2020 season after F1 went to Monza and Mugello earlier in the year.
The Imola Circuit is one of the most famous int the world and is loved by drivers and fans. However the legendary venue has been absent from the Formula 1 calendar since 2006 when Michael Schumacher to Pole Position and the race victory.
The track is also famous for the stunning battle for the lead between Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher back in 2005. This time the Spaniard came out on top for Renault and fending off Michael for the final 15 laps of the Grand Prix.
Image credit: F1.com Imola Circuit layout
The Circuit itself is super quick and spine tingling. It is a 3 mile long ribbon of tarmac buried deep within the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, home to some incredible corners such as Piratella, Acque Minerale and Rivazza. Piratella is an incredible corner, a quick left sweeping downhill towards Acque Minerale which will look epic with these current generation of Formula 1 cars.
Along with all of these stunning corners and a rich history Imola is a true old school circuit, the track is lined with unforgiving gravel and tyre barriers ready to catch the drivers out due to the tiniest of mistakes. There will be the extra challenge for the drivers this weekend as the Imola event will be a 2 day event rather than the usual 3. This means that the drivers have just 90 minutes of practice before the all important Qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.
The single DRS zone along the main straight should help overtaking into Tamburello however making a pass does look difficult on the 19 turn circuit. Although we won't know for sure until 20 of the worlds finest drivers line up on the grid on Sunday.
The Mercedes team have been absolutely brilliant in 2020 taking victory at almost all of the tracks F1 has visited this season. The W11 seems to have no weakness and is all conquering in the hands 6 time World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Ice cool Finn Valtteri Bottas.
The Brackley based Squad also have an opportunity to clinch their 7th consecutive Constructors championship. All they have to do is make sure Red Bull dont outscore them by 33 points at Imola. This will be a significant achievement, truly asserting their dominance over the opposition yet again.
As Mercedes look to secure another Constructors title, Frenchman Pierre Gasly will be driving safe in the knowledge that he will be staying with the AlphaTauri team for 2021. Although his teammate for next year is still unknown, likely candidates for the drive include Danil Kvyat, Alex Albon and Yuki Tsunoda.
As the Formula 1 season comes to close Lewis Hamilton is also edging ever closer to a record equalling 7th World Championship. The 35 year old has racked up 8 wins this season and has a huge 77 point lead at the top of the Championship over nearest challenger Valtteri Bottas.
With all this in mind the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix should be a great event.