Much like the Styrian Grand Prix that preceded it this season, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix is a first for Formula 1. However, you don’t have to scratch far beyond the surface to find that it’s going to be a very familiar event, with it taking place at the legendary Imola circuit – or the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari as it’s been known since Enzo’s death in 1988.
Imola first appeared on the F1 calendar in 1980, as the scene of the Italian Grand Prix, and went on to hold a further 26 F1 races under the guise of the San Marino Grand Prix until 2006 – including the infamous 1994 edition, which tragically claimed the lives of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna. The latter took three San Marino Grand Prix wins with McLaren, while David Coulthard bagged the team’s last win here in 1998.
Nestled in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region, south east of Bologna, Imola is guaranteed to provide a proper, old-school challenge for the drivers. This anti-clockwise circuit is fast and unforgiving, with corners such as Acque Minerali and Piratella immortalised in racing folklore.