The Formula 1 will try this weekend at the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna, thirteenth round of the championship, its experimental race format with only two days of activity, instead of the usual three, and a total of three hours less for the teams to test on the tracks.
The traditional free practice sessions on Fridays, lasting an hour and a half each, disappear in F1’s third visit to Italy this season, after the races at Monza and Mugello.
The competition has wielded logistical problems to make this change, although Liberty Media has never hidden its intention to shorten the number of free sessions to increase the uncertainty in a Formula 1 that is too predictable at times.
This reality is well attested by the general classification, where Lewis hamilton commands with an iron fist and 77 points ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas. After beating Michael Schumacher with his last two wins in Germany and Portugal, the British already has 92 and his next medium-term goal is the centenary.
The design of Imola, circuit that F1 had not visited since 2006 and former headquarters of the defunct GP San Marino, it smiles again at Mercedes, with its varied combination of low, medium and high speed corners that favor the unrivaled versatility of the W11, driven by the top two in the classification.
Free session 10.00 – 11-30.
Qualification session 14.00 – 15.00.