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Imola’s F1 round to feature one 90-minute practice session

  • Published on 04 Aug 2020 12:03
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Imola's two-day event on this season's Formula 1 world championship calendar will feature just a single practice session ahead of qualifying.

Last month, F1 announced that it would return to Imola later this year as it confirmed the announcement alongside confirmation of race events at the Nurburgring and Portimao.

It also established that Imola's event would be run over the course of two days rather than three, with the traditional format in recent years seeing two 90-minute practice sessions on Friday.

However, this time around for Imola, only one single practice session, which will be 90 minutes in length will feature on the weekend schedule.

The session will begin at 10:00 AM local time on Saturday, October 31st and come to a conclusion at 11:30 AM.

Teams and drivers will then have a short break to prepare for qualifying, which will begin at 2:00 PM later that day - no changes have been made to the qualifying format.

Lights out for Sunday's race, which will be named the  Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, will occur at 13:10 PM local time. Imola returns to the F1 roster for the first time since 2006.

F1 has confirmed 13 races on this year's schedule, with the original calendar heavily disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is still aiming to have 15 to 18 races on the revised schedule, ending with races in the Gulf regions of Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

Imola is currently the last race on the confirmed schedule, however F1 says that it is hoping to announce more races in the coming weeks.

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  • well, that'll cut costs, but it'll likely also be a bit of a mess.

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    • Aug 4 2020 - 15:21
    • Probably, but as a fan, I don't think I care too much about missing a practice session. This is a more organic way of adding randomness to the race. I sure as hell prefer this to tyres that wear artificially fast.

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      • Aug 4 2020 - 17:57
    • I'm ashamed to admit it, being an f1 nerd and all, but ever since I moved together with my lass n all, I haven't watched many fps, and I don't even really miss them.

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      • Aug 4 2020 - 22:05
  • f1ski

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    the honeymoon will eventually end. The lifelong love will rekindle itself. Just kidding. How can you call it racing no refueling no going all out all a calculated run.

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    • Aug 5 2020 - 01:47
  • I like this idea - it will give the top team (merc) less chance to make those fine tweaks they make to improve their car just that little bit more with their better resources. It will give the smaller teams a chance to "luck" onto a great setup which could create a chance for RB, Renault, Racing point or Ferrari to at least be a little closer - maybe even create a challenge at least. This 1 second per lap difference is simply bad for the sport.

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    • Aug 5 2020 - 02:43
    • yes, but sadly Merc don't really need that mucv time to git gudder when they are the guddest to such a broken degree. But I hope you are correct.

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      • Aug 5 2020 - 09:42

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