A driver can get a maximum of 34 points in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It’s time to sprint again with the 100-kilometer spectacle. But not only that: Imola will be Ferrari red.
21.04.2022 | Status: 07:08 am
of formula 1 makes its European debut. After Australia and before US Italy is hip. Home racing par excellence for Ferrari.
For the third time after a long hiatus, the main motorsport class will compete in Dino Ferrari’s Autodromo Enzo. And the big favorite is Charles Leclerc and he drives for Ferrari.
How big is Ferrari’s advantage in the field of home?
In terms of humor, Scuderia should get a boost. It has been a long time since Ferrari started the race in Italy as the clear favorite. It’s been a long time since the competition had to accept with awe that the brand from Maranello, just 90 miles away, is the benchmark. Expected nearly 100,000 Fans, will be red in Imola, where Ferrari last celebrated a home victory in 2006 with Michael Schumacher. Fan expectations are high, but after years of weakness and disappointment, Ferrari executives are used to putting pressure. If all goes according to plan, it could be a fun weekend for the Scuderia, especially since more than a maximum of 26 points per driver call.
What is different from usual this time?
One of the three scheduled sprint races will be held at Imola. It’s Saturday time. Unlike last year, this time there are points for the first eight pilots (8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1). Otherwise there was only one extra point for the trio from the podium (3-2-1). It also means there will be only one training session on Friday before qualifiers start early in the evening. And something has changed here, too, but only for statistics: Whoever finishes first in the qualifying round on time counts as the pole vaulter and not the one who wins the sprint over 100 kilometers and has the best starting position in the Emilia Grand Prix. Romagna departs on Sunday.
What can Red Bull and Mercedes do?
Both teams mostly have weight problems with their cars. Benefit is the order of the day. Problem: So-called car updates can only be tested a bit in a free hands-on session, and adjustment also becomes a race against time. Also – according to forecasts – change of conditions with rain on Friday and partly cloudy on Saturday and Sunday possible storm. But: Ferrari fans around defending champion Max Verstappen at Red Bull, who has already been eliminated twice due to defects, and world record champion Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes must take risks. Otherwise Scuderia will rush even further. After three races, Leclerc is 71 points ahead of Hamilton’s new team-mate George Russell, the superstar in turn is sixth 43 points behind, Verstappen seventh 46.
What to expect from Vettel and Schumacher?
It could get worse and worse than last time in Melbourne Sebastian Vettel hardly done. “Imola is a real test for the driver and the car, and so it should be a Formula 1 circuit,” he says. The four-time world champion, however, can not expect much from his new Aston Martin, and after his Corona break in the first two races, Vettel has no more time to get used to. Mick Schumacher’s Haas works better. Eleventh place in the first race, 13th in the third. In the meantime, he had not been able to drive after his serious qualifying accident in Saudi Arabia. At Imola he now has to attack the points.
What will happen after Imolas?
Stress! If Formula 1 usually ended its European debut in Barcelona, it continued in Europe as well. For the premiere in Miami, however, the escorts will make another overseas diversion for the May 8 race in Miami. Two weeks later, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will be run before the classic takes place in Monaco, Leclerc’s home.
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