After staying on the verge of success at the inaugural event of the Formula One World Cup, three weeks ago in Bahrain, the Dutch Max verstappen re-apply as the great rival from british Lewis hamilton for him Big prize of the Emilia Romagna (Italy).
The pilots from Red Bull and Mercedes staged a fierce fight in the first test of the 2021 calendar. They expressed their candidacy for the title on the asphalt, in a season that could gain in competitiveness, strength and attractiveness if the energy drink team confirms the good works of their car. Verstappen’s piloting is his main argument to try to end the dynasty of Lewis Hamilton.
In Bahrain, the Englishman learned of his rival’s intentions. Max Verstappen achieved pole position and an advantage of 0.388 seconds over the seven-time Formula One world champion. At Mercedes they did the math and deduced, in the words of engineer Andrew Shovlin, that his car “doesn’t really have any advantage” over Red Bull’s RB16B. If Hamilton triumphed, it was because the Dutchman had to give him the position after having passed him beyond the limits of the track.
It so happens that the mythical Imola circuit is a setting that hardly has to do with that of Sakhir. The race will also take place under more pleasant temperatures. “We are going to see if the fight is related to the circuit. It will be interesting to see how we are on a very different track from Bahrain and how we compare with them,” said the Mexican. Sergio perez, Max Verstappen’s new partner at Red Bull.
The ‘Czech’, fifth in the Grand Prix that opened the course, and the Finnish Valtteri Bottas, third, will be the alternatives of the two teams toe caps of championship in the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Autodromo.
From there Lewis Hamilton keeps a better memory than Max Verstappen. The defending champion won at Imola in 2020. Bottas rounded up Mercedes’ double. The Dutchman punctured, went to the gravel and was left out of the race.
The australian Daniel Ricciardo, now at McLaren, was the one who stepped on the third step of the podium. Both he and the Brit Lando norris they could have options this weekend in Italy before any possible concession of the favorites.
The eyes will also be on the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and spanish Carlos Sainz, the titular Ferrari drivers. And it is that the Imola circuit bears the name of the founder of the team and his son. They both want to capture the Clear improvement to your car over last year’s SF1000.
Unlike 2020, the teams will have three days of activity on the track. Two free practice sessions are scheduled for Friday, from 11:00 to 12:00 and from 14:30 to 15:30 CET. On Saturday they will hit the asphalt again for Free Practice 3 (11am to 12pm) and the qualifying session (2pm to 3pm), prior to Sunday’s race (3pm to 5pm).
This break-in time will be especially valuable to the Alpine team., which brings a new update for this Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
It will be difficult for that to allow the Spanish Fernando Alonso strive to repeat the victory he achieved in 2005 in Imola against German Michael Schumacher, but it could help him score his first points in his season back to Formula One.
The Asturian, twice world champion with Renault, did not finish the first Grand Prix of the season. His teammate, Frenchman Esteban Ocon, did not score either.
The rain also emerges as a clear possibility of altering the forecasts. The letters will be many and varied. And they are already on the table.