Imola (dpa) – The short guest appearance in Imola is the 100th race in Italy for Formula 1. At the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, the first title decision of this season could be taken on Sunday (1.10 pm / RTL and Sky).
SERIES CHAMPIONS: A fourth place finish for Lewis Hamilton or Valtteri Bottas is enough for the Mercedes team to become World Constructors Champion for the seventh time in a row. Supporter Red Bull would have to score 34 points more than the two Silver Arrows to postpone the title decision again. After the season so far, with four double wins for Mercedes alone, that seems rather unlikely. For the teams, the constructors’ championship standings are important because it is this order that determines the distribution of income.
UNSTOPABLE: World Championship leader Hamilton has won eight of the previous 12 races of the season. Most recently, the Briton took his 92nd Grand Prix victory in Portugal – a record. “We are currently experiencing the fantastic path of one of the greatest athletes of our time and I am curious where this Lewis will lead,” said team principal Toto Wolff. Hamilton will soon win his seventh world title and also set this record for Michael Schumacher. “Lewis told me he keeps cutting himself back because he wants to put the brand very high so I have to work hard for it,” said young Red Bull star Max Verstappen.
STRESS TEST: During the shortened Grand Prix weekend, the drivers only have a 90-minute training session on Saturday to prepare for qualifying and the race. Friday’s training was completely canceled. “We have to spend a lot of time in the simulator in advance and watch videos on board so that we are as prepared as possible. I will certainly give it a try on the track on the Playstation,” said Racing Point driver Sergio Perez. “That will certainly make it interesting,” said McLaren driver Lando Norris.
CRITICAL COURSE: For the first time, Formula 1 wants to drive in Saudi Arabia next year. That plan was leaked this week. While the 2021 race calendar is somewhat uncertain due to the corona pandemic, the choice of the new host alone is a concern for human rights activists. The city race in Jeddah is “part of an ongoing plan to wash away the catastrophic human rights situation,” Amnesty International criticized.