Needless to say, how challenging this can be for the current field, which has never competed in this venue before.
Due to sports professional and organizational considerations the third Italian race of the year 2020 will last for just 2 days, which is likely to cause some unexpected excitement. Since only one person (Kimi Raikkönen) has practical (not just testing) track knowledge and F1 experience from Imola, this can cause unexpected surprises.
The race weekend at the end of October/beginning of November will run under the name Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, and it was already known at the time of its announcement that it would be 1 day shorter then a normal race weekend. The promoter has now also published the official schedule, which makes it clear that the drivers will have to perform on the qualifying and the next day’s race at Imola with a single practice session behind their backs.
The first and only practice and qualifying will be held on Saturday and the race on Sunday, earlier than usual, at 13:10, due to the earlier sunset. Another disturbing factor may be the weather, of which it is not yet known how it will influence the outcome of the race.
The shortened race weekend is not negligible from a logistical point of view either, as the teams will arrive in Imola from Portimao, and they would have a terribly difficult task if they should start on Friday. We are curious to see how Formula 1 teams known as the kings of logistics will improvise and be able to master the expected (and hoped) chaos.
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