16:02 – As reported earlier on Friday, Formula 1 will visit Imola again this fall for the first time since 2006. It is striking that the Grand Prix weekend on the Italian track does not take three days, but two.
Formula 1 announced on Friday that three new races have been added to the calendar: the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring on October 11, the Grand Prix of Portugal at the Portimao circuit on October 25 and the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna at the Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari at Imola on November 1. Formula 1 also shared that it no longer has plans to hold races in the Americas this year, with which the GPs of the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil will definitively end.
Remarkable about the race in Imola is that the event consists of only two days instead of the usual three. Leaving Friday, Formula 1 gives the teams an extra day to cover the 2,400 kilometers from Portimao, a place in the Algarve, to Imola. It is not yet known what the timetable of the two-day Grand Prix will look like. Liberty Media is still discussing this with the FIA.
The idea for two-day Grand Prix weekends is not new. Since Liberty Media owns the King’s Class, talks have been made to bring the events back to just Saturday and Sunday. This is because the Friday action is less well watched and because shorter Grand Prix weekends may give room for even more races on the calendar. During the corona period, the idea of a two-day weekend was revived, but now for a completely different reason: simply being on site for as short a time as possible to minimize the risk of contamination. However, the decision to drive two instead of three days on Imola is mainly practical: the teams have to travel quite a distance to get from Portimao in northern Italy.
In addition, when returning to Imola, it was decided not to bring the race back on the calendar as the Grand Prix of San Marino, but under a completely new name: the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna, to the region in North Italy where the circuit is located. The GP in Imola is the third Italian Formula 1 race in 2020, after the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza on September 6 and the Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello on September 13. The last race at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in 2006 was prey for Michael Schumacher. The German was seven times the strongest on the 4.9-kilometer track. In 1994, Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna crashed at the Imola circuit in the San Marino Grand Prix, a day after Roland Ratzenberger crashed fatal in qualifying.
The 2020 Formula 1 calendar right now:
July 5 – Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 12 – Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 19 – Hungaroring, Hungary
August 2 – Silverstone, Great Britain
August 9 – Silverstone, Great Britain
August 16 – Barcelona, Spain
August 30 – Spa, Belgium
September 6 – Monza, Italy
September 13 – Mugello, Italy
September 27 – Sochi, Russia
October 11 – Nürburgring, Germany
October 25 – Portimao, Portugal
November 1 – Imola, Italy
With the collaboration of Jonathan Noble
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