?? THE 2021 EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX
ROUND 2. 16th – 18th April.
1037th F1 GRAND PRIX | 2nd EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX | 29th GRAND PRIX AT IMOLA
2020 POLESITTER: VALTTERI BOTTAS | 2020 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 16th April
Free Practice 1 (11am Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (2:30pm Local Time/ 1:30pm UK Time)
Saturday 17th April
Free Practice 3 (11am Local Time/ 10am UK Time)
Qualifying (2pm Local Time/ 1pm UK Time)
Sunday 18th April
The 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
- Fernando Alonso will make his 100th appearance in car number 14.
- The 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix takes place three weeks after the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. It makes the 2021 F1 season the first since 2007 to feature a three week gap between the first two races of the year.
- Come race day, 168 days will have passed since the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. That makes this the shortest gap between two F1 races held at Imola, beating the previous record of 231 days between the 1980 Italian Grand Prix and the 1981 San Marino Grand Prix.
- This will be the 101st Formula 1 race held in Italy, making the country the first to have held more than 100 races.
The schedule for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was amended on 13th April. Friday Practice sessions will take place half an hour later than originally planned, while Saturday’s action takes place one hour earlier to avoid clashing with the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. A minute’s silence will be observed before qualifying.
There have been no major changes to the circuit since the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – though the pit entry was resurfaced in the week before this year’s race.
There is one DRS zone for this race. The activation zone is 20 metres before Turn 17, with the activation zone 60 metres before Turn 19.
IMOLA TRACK GUIDE
In 2020, Imola returned to the Formula 1 calendar after a 14-year absence. The former host of the San Marino Grand Prix witnessed triumph and tragedy in its first 26-year stint on the calendar.
Located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, the Imola circuit is near to Ferrari’s Maranello factory. The track was re-named Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Enzo Ferrari’s honour following his death in 1988. It had previously been given the name Autodromo Dino Ferrari in 1970, in memory of Enzo’s son Dino, who died in 1956. Enzo Ferrari was present when construction of the circuit began in 1950. The track has an affinity with the Tifosi, who showed up in their thousands to support Ferrari each time a race was held here.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conference at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are: Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Guenther Steiner (Haas), Frédéric Vasseur (Alfa Romeo), Otmar Szafnauer (Aston Martin) and Mario Isola (Pirelli)
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Tom Kristensen.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
2020 EMILIA ROMAGNA GP RECAP
After a 14 year absence Formula 1 returned to Imola for the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Mercedes secured a record-breaking seventh consecutive Constructors’ Championship with Lewis Hamilton leading home team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Formula 1 returned to Imola for the first time since the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix. The race weekend had a slightly different format and was a two-day event. Friday practice was scrapped, with a single 90 minute practice session on Saturday morning. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap time in practice, but it was Valtteri Bottas who took pole position. Bottas maintained the lead at the start, but team-mate Hamilton was swamped by a number of other cars, allowing Max Verstappen to rise into second place. Just nine laps into the race, Pierre Gasly – who had qualified in an impressive fourth – was forced into retirement due to engine issues. Bottas pitted from the lead on Lap 20, with the Finn later being told that he had sustained damage to his floor. Verstappen loomed large in Bottas’ mirrors, but was unable to find a way past. With Esteban Ocon coming to a stop at the side of the track, the Virtual Safety Car was called out. It was superb timing for Hamilton, who was able to pit without losing as much time to his team-mate. When racing resumed, Bottas ran wide at the final turn, allowing Verstappen to close in once again. Verstappen made the move into second place – but it wasn’t long until the Red Bull driver was facing his own problems. He retired after spinning off due to a puncture. The Safety Car was called out and there was further drama for George Russell who, on course for a strong result, crashed out behind the Safety Car. Yet more action followed as the Safety Car returned to the pits. With five laps remaining, Alex Albon spun while defending from Sergio Perez. He fell to the back of the field as a result and was lucky to not be collected as the rest of the drivers raced by. Daniil Kvyat salvaged AlphaTauri’s day by finishing in fourth place, after a fine overtake on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. It was an easy ride home for Mercedes. Hamilton won the race, and with Bottas finishing in second place, the team secured a record-breaking seventh successive title. Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium, finishing in third place for Renault.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:24.751 (Michael Schumacher)||1:14.726 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 2||1:25.043 (Fernando Alonso)||–|
|Free Practice 3||1:23.787 (Michael Schumacher)||–|
|Qualifying||1:22.795 (Michael Schumacher)||1:13.609 (Valtteri Bottas)|
|Grand Prix||1:24.569 (Fernando Alonso)||1:15.484 (Lewis Hamilton)|