F1 confirms format of Imola two-day weekend

F1 has confirmed the format of the two-day weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in November will only feature one practice session.

Teams will only have one 90-minute practice session to learn Imola before qualifying, instead of the usual three-hours at standard weekends, providing an extra challenge as teams return to the infamous Italian track.

The last time the circuit held a Grand Prix was April 2006, with Kimi Raikkonen the only driver of the current grid to have competed in that race.

The circuit’s also changed since then, with the final chicane taken out to mean a flat out run from Rivazza to Tamburello.

Teams and drivers won’t have data available to them in the same way they do for other circuits, and will have to maximise track time in the session to run all the programmes they’d normally split over Friday and Saturday.

There’s also the possibility of teams suffering disrupted running if they have a crash in that session as they push hard, which could put them out of action for qualifying.

Pierre Gasly tested there for AlphaTauri and described in as one of the best experiences he’d had in an F1 car.

Meanwhile Daniil Kvyat said: “An F1 car through corners like Acque Minerali – the entrance is so fast, it’s so cool. It really gives you a lot of adrenaline.”

Imola is slated to be the last race of the season, announced pre-British GP alongside Portimao and the Nurburgring as hosting races in this condensed season, although it’s thought three more races are to be announced after round 13.