As we are heading towards the end of a long European trip, Mercedes, after a clean sweep at Portugual, would be hoping to wrap up the constructor’s championship as Italy will host their 100th F1 championship race. Imola, first hosted an F1 championship race in 1980, makes its return to the Formula 1 calendar for the time since 2006.
Also, Italy will become the only second country after the USA to host 3 F1 Championship races in a season. The circuit of 4.909km in length and 63 laps will be a unique challenge for drivers and the teams as F1 is hosting a two day event for the first time in the history.
About the circuit
Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari located near Imola, 30kms to the east of Bologna, has hosted 27 F1 races since 1980. The circuit made its debut as the Italian GP in 1980. After a successful race in 1980, it has been an integral part of F1 championship until 2006. They hosted one Italian GP and 26 San Marino GP from 1980 to 2006.
Imola has been won by 14 different drivers. Micheal Schumacher has won 7 races at Imola. Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna are second on the list with 3. Imola has been dominated by Ferrari and Williams where they have won 8 races each. Totally 7 constructors have won races at Imola.
The circuit width is quite narrow, which provides a challenge for drivers to overtake, and the onus will be on the car set-up and the strategies. Starting on the first row is the key at Imola as 17 race wins have come from the first row. Drivers starting in the pole position have won 9 races. On top of it, only 5 drivers have won a race at Imola from the pole position.
The list includes Micheal Schumacher and Ayrton Senna (3), and Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and David Coulthard (1). The furthest grid position to win a race at Imola is 5th, which was achieved twice by Nelson Piquet when he won back to back races in 1980 and 1981.