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In Words: Imola Intrigue

October 29, 2020
2020
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Checo and Lance set for another new challenge

The return of Imola to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 2006 has Checo and Lance excited to take to a track with incredible history.

But there’s a whole other challenge too – F1’s official trial of a two-day format, which will compress running into a single practice session, qualifying and the Grand Prix across Saturday and Sunday.

Before the drivers take to the track in a hectic weekend, here are their thoughts on Imola.

Lance, how excited are you to race at Imola in F1 for the first time?

“I’m very excited! Not only is Imola such a famous circuit, but we’ll have the two-day format as well, which has the potential to really mix things up. I also have great memories there, so it’s a weekend I’m relishing.”

Speaking of the two-day format, Checo, how hard will it be to prepare for Imola?

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge as the two-day format means we will only have the one practice session. We will definitely come into the weekend having maximised simulation and watched plenty of onboards to make sure we head into qualifying and the race as well-prepared as we can be. I’ll also give it a go on the PlayStation!”

Lance, what do you think the main challenge of a lap of Imola will be?

“It’s clearly a very technical track and narrow in places – I think precision is going to be very important. That won’t be easy, it’s a tough track and hitting all the marks will be a challenge every lap for all the drivers. It’s going to be demanding mentally and physically, but overtaking could be a real challenge.”

Checo, this is another new Grand Prix for you and most of the F1 paddock. Has that been an exciting outcome of the 2020 calendar changes?

“I’ve enjoyed racing on circuits that we didn’t expect to visit. Places where we don’t have years of data to fall back on. It puts the emphasis on maximising track time and analysing the limited information you get from practice, especially on a shorter weekend format.

"I think we’ve risen to the challenge so far, and all credit to the team that we’ve been fighting for good points even at new circuits.”

Lance, you won’t have raced here in F1, but you did win your Formula 3 European Championship title here. Is Imola a place of special memories for you?

“It is – and it feels like a lifetime ago! There was a lot of champagne that night. It was so emotional and a huge achievement in my racing career. I worked so hard to win it and that just makes the idea of returning to Imola all the more special.”

Checo, do you have memories of growing up and watching F1 race at Imola?

“Yeah I do, which makes me all the more excited to race there. It’s such a classic venue and there’s been so many memorable races – so hopefully this weekend will be another! I can’t wait to get going.”

Checo and Lance set for another new challenge

The return of Imola to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 2006 has Checo and Lance excited to take to a track with incredible history.

But there’s a whole other challenge too – F1’s official trial of a two-day format, which will compress running into a single practice session, qualifying and the Grand Prix across Saturday and Sunday.

Before the drivers take to the track in a hectic weekend, here are their thoughts on Imola.

Lance, how excited are you to race at Imola in F1 for the first time?

“I’m very excited! Not only is Imola such a famous circuit, but we’ll have the two-day format as well, which has the potential to really mix things up. I also have great memories there, so it’s a weekend I’m relishing.”

Speaking of the two-day format, Checo, how hard will it be to prepare for Imola?

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge as the two-day format means we will only have the one practice session. We will definitely come into the weekend having maximised simulation and watched plenty of onboards to make sure we head into qualifying and the race as well-prepared as we can be. I’ll also give it a go on the PlayStation!”

Lance, what do you think the main challenge of a lap of Imola will be?

“It’s clearly a very technical track and narrow in places – I think precision is going to be very important. That won’t be easy, it’s a tough track and hitting all the marks will be a challenge every lap for all the drivers. It’s going to be demanding mentally and physically, but overtaking could be a real challenge.”

Checo, this is another new Grand Prix for you and most of the F1 paddock. Has that been an exciting outcome of the 2020 calendar changes?

“I’ve enjoyed racing on circuits that we didn’t expect to visit. Places where we don’t have years of data to fall back on. It puts the emphasis on maximising track time and analysing the limited information you get from practice, especially on a shorter weekend format.

"I think we’ve risen to the challenge so far, and all credit to the team that we’ve been fighting for good points even at new circuits.”

Lance, you won’t have raced here in F1, but you did win your Formula 3 European Championship title here. Is Imola a place of special memories for you?

“It is – and it feels like a lifetime ago! There was a lot of champagne that night. It was so emotional and a huge achievement in my racing career. I worked so hard to win it and that just makes the idea of returning to Imola all the more special.”

Checo, do you have memories of growing up and watching F1 race at Imola?

“Yeah I do, which makes me all the more excited to race there. It’s such a classic venue and there’s been so many memorable races – so hopefully this weekend will be another! I can’t wait to get going.”

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