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F1 to have one practice session at Imola

Aug 4 2020
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Practice for Formula 1’s return to Imola will comprise a single 90-minute session as part of the event’s revised two-day format.

As part of the re-jigged calendar following the disruptions caused to the original 2020 schedule by the COVID-19 pandemic, F1 will stage a November 1 grand prix at the legendary Imola venue for the first time since the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix.

But despite a lack of relevant recent data for most teams at the circuit, practice at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be condensed from the usual three sessions to one, which will correspond with a reduction in overall practice time from 240 minutes to 90.

Saturday morning practice will commence at 10am instead of the usual 12pm timeslot, with qualifying moved by an hour to 2pm. The race on Sunday will begin at 1.10pm.

The Emilia Romagna GP will be the 13th round on this year’s schedule, and is due to conclude the European leg of the season, with flyaway events expected to be added after it.

AlphaTauri is the only team known to have already run its 2020 car at the venue, with Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat completing a filming day and getting mileage in the 2018 Toro Rosso as well.

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