user icon

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

  • Published on 04 Aug 2020 12:03
  • comments 6
  • 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.

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

  • 1
  • Aug 4 2020 - 15:21

Replies (6)

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

    • + 1
    • 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.

      • + 0
      • 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.

      • + 0
      • Aug 4 2020 - 22:05
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    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.

    • + 0
    • 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.

    • + 0
    • 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.

      • + 0
      • Aug 5 2020 - 09:42

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
See full schedule
show sidebar