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Feature: Five Things to Watch in Imola

October 30, 2020
2020
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A long-awaited return with plenty to keep an eye out for

The return of legendary Formula 1 track Imola is exciting for the paddock and the fans back home, but it’s certainly a demanding circuit!

With just 90 minutes of practice before Qualifying and the Grand Prix, there will be a hectic programme for all the teams.

So brush up on the key factors below and keep an eye out for trends over the weekend!

1. Into the Unknown

Formula 1 has not raced at Imola since 2006 and the evolution of F1 machinery means that this will be another weekend of unknowns, much like last time out in Portugal.

It all adds up to a challenging end to the latest double-header as F1 enters the final stretch of the 2020 season.

2. Unexpected Warm-Up

Remember watching the rain in Germany and rueing the fact there was no running? Well, there was a positive!

The washed-out Friday practices at the Nürburgring earlier this season meant the Eifel Grand Prix weekend effectively acted as warm-up to the two-day format for Imola.

3. Three Into Two

The one 90-minute practice session at Imola will be hectic for the teams as they attempt to conduct performance runs and high-fuel running to simulate race conditions in a condensed period of time.

Watch carefully, though, and you may notice some teams differ in approach to their practice programmes.

4. A Touch of the Familiar

It’s not all head-scratching unknowns in Imola! The Pirelli tyre range for this weekend will be the C2-C4 range, a selection that will be used for the eighth time this season.

5. A Challenging Lap

All the best circuits throw up set-up conundrums that are tricky to solve – and Imola is no different!

Imola has a wide range of corners across the low, medium and high-speed range. But more recently, the final chicane has been removed.

That means the flat-out run from Rivazza to Tamburello could lead to teams reducing downforce and drag to better optimise the car.

A long-awaited return with plenty to keep an eye out for

The return of legendary Formula 1 track Imola is exciting for the paddock and the fans back home, but it’s certainly a demanding circuit!

With just 90 minutes of practice before Qualifying and the Grand Prix, there will be a hectic programme for all the teams.

So brush up on the key factors below and keep an eye out for trends over the weekend!

1. Into the Unknown

Formula 1 has not raced at Imola since 2006 and the evolution of F1 machinery means that this will be another weekend of unknowns, much like last time out in Portugal.

It all adds up to a challenging end to the latest double-header as F1 enters the final stretch of the 2020 season.

2. Unexpected Warm-Up

Remember watching the rain in Germany and rueing the fact there was no running? Well, there was a positive!

The washed-out Friday practices at the Nürburgring earlier this season meant the Eifel Grand Prix weekend effectively acted as warm-up to the two-day format for Imola.

3. Three Into Two

The one 90-minute practice session at Imola will be hectic for the teams as they attempt to conduct performance runs and high-fuel running to simulate race conditions in a condensed period of time.

Watch carefully, though, and you may notice some teams differ in approach to their practice programmes.

4. A Touch of the Familiar

It’s not all head-scratching unknowns in Imola! The Pirelli tyre range for this weekend will be the C2-C4 range, a selection that will be used for the eighth time this season.

5. A Challenging Lap

All the best circuits throw up set-up conundrums that are tricky to solve – and Imola is no different!

Imola has a wide range of corners across the low, medium and high-speed range. But more recently, the final chicane has been removed.

That means the flat-out run from Rivazza to Tamburello could lead to teams reducing downforce and drag to better optimise the car.

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