1061st F1 GRAND PRIX | 3rd EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX | 30th GRAND PRIX AT IMOLA
2021 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2021 WINNER: MAX VERSTAPPEN
The legendary Imola circuit will once again host the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in 2022. The circuit returned to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time in fourteen years amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is set to take place on April 22-24.
Friday 8th April
Free Practice 1 – 1:30pm Local Time/ 12:30pm UK Time
Qualifying – 5pm Local Time/ 4pm UK Time
Saturday 9th April
Free Practice 2 – 12:30pm Local Time/ 11:30am UK Time
Sprint – 4:30pm Local Time/ 3:30pm UK Time
Sunday 10th April
The 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – 3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time
This will be the 30th Formula 1 race held at Imola. Imola will become the fourteenth venue to have hosted 30 World Championship races.
This is the first time since 2004 that Ferrari and a Ferrari driver lead the championships heading into the Imola race.
For the first time this year, the Sprint Format will be used at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It’s the fourth time the format has been used in total. 8 points will be on offer for the sprint event win, the most points ever available for taking pole position. A maximum of 34 points are available for the race weekend – the second most in F1 history, behind only the double points 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
If he’s voted Driver of the Day on Sunday, Charles Leclerc would become the first driver to win the vote at four consecutive races.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO IMOLA?
There have been no significant changes to the Imola circuit since F1’s last visit in 2021.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX?
There will be a single DRS zone at the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The activation zone is located at Turn 19, with the detection point at Turn 17.
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.
Imola was opened for testing purposes in 1952, before racing started at the track in 1953. Ten years later, in 1963, Imola hosted its first race for Formula 1 cars. The race was won by Jim Clark, who lapped all but one driver. Over the next decade, further improvements would be made to the track, with facilities for spectators and revisions to the track layout. Now a permanent facility, rather than connected public and private roads, Formula 1 hosted a non-championship event at the circuit in 1979, titled the Dino Ferrari Grand Prix, which was won by Niki Lauda.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers before practice on Friday morning. The 20 drivers will be split into four groups for this week’s press conference. Here are the groups:
- Group 1: Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Max Verstappen, George Russell
- Group 2: Zhou Guanyu, Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen, Alex Albon
- Group 3: Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll, Mick Schumacher, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton
- Group 4: Yuki Tsunoda, Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris, Sergio Perez, Nicholas Latifi
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Franz Tost (AlphaTauri), Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Mario Isola (Pirelli), Mike Krack (Aston Martin), Guenther Steiner (Haas) and Jost Capito (Williams).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Niels Wittich will be the Race Director at the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
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 Mika Salo.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX?
Lewis Hamilton took a 99th pole, but it was Max Verstappen who would secure the win at a wet Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as the title battle heated up at Imola.
Lewis Hamilton secured his first pole position of the season at the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Lando Norris put in a great lap at the end of Q3 to go second fastest, but his lap time was deleted as he exceeded track limits. Instead, Sergio Perez started alongside Hamilton on the front row, recording the first front row start of his career. Yuki Tsunoda crashed out in Q1, meaning that he would start from the back of the grid.
Rain fell before the race start on Sunday. There were a number of incidents as the drivers made their way to the grid – including Fernando Alonso sliding off the circuit and damaging his front wing. Things were just as slippery on the Formation Lap, as Charles Leclerc proved with a spin in his Ferrari. As the lights went out, Max Verstappen made a lightning start from third on the grid and barged his way past Hamilton at the first turn. Hamilton was forced to travel over the kerb, slightly damaging his Mercedes. The Safety Car was called out after Nicholas Latifi crashed out of the race having made contact with Nikita Mazepin. Under Safety Car conditions, Mick Schumacher ran into the wall at the pit exit, but was able to pit for a new wing when the pit lane re-opened two laps later. Verstappen led the field away at the restart as Hamilton made a futile effort to re-take the lead. Norris made his way through the field and was soon on the tail of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian moved over and allowed the sister McLaren into fifth. As Perez picked up a time penalty for overtaking under Safety Car conditions, Verstappen was first of the frontrunners to stop for dry tyres. Hamilton came in one lap later, but a slow stop meant he was unable to make the overcut work. Just two laps later, Hamilton found himself sliding off the track when attempting to pass George Russell’s Mercedes. The reigning champion took off his front wing and, after a lengthy delay, was able to find reverse and re-join the race in ninth place. Russell was out of the race on the next lap after making heavy contact with the other Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. An angry altercation ensued between the pair, and the Red Flags were shown in order to clear debris from their crash.
Verstappen led the order at the restart, from Charles Leclerc, Norris, Perez and Carlos Sainz. A rolling start was held when the race got back underway, with Verstappen suffering a half spin but maintaining his lead. Norris overtook Leclerc for second place, while Tsunoda spun off further down the order. Perez compounded a bad day as he span off in his Red Bull. The Mexican would ultimately finish outside of the points. Hamilton scythed through the field back into the podium positions. After spending a few laps tucked behind the McLaren, Hamilton made his move on Norris to take second place. It was too late for Hamilton to attempt to catch Verstappen, with the Red Bull driver taking his first win of the season by 22 seconds. Norris finished in third place and was voted Driver of the Day.
Sebastian Vettel – who had started from the pit lane following brake issues – was the fourth and final retirement of the race. After the chequered flag, a number of penalties were handed out. Lance Stroll dropped to eighth having made an illegal overtaking manoeuvre, while Kimi Raikkonen – who finished ninth on the road – dropped out of the points following a Safety Car restart infraction.