F1 teams given just one 90-minute practice session at Imola

Ruben Hill
August 4, 2020

Formula 1 has long used the same weekend format at grands prix, with two 90-minute practice sessions on Friday, a one-hour session and three-stage qualifying session on Saturday, with the race on Sunday. On Friday there will be no vehicle on the historic circuit of Imola and so the drivers will have to make do with one practice before qualifying.

The single free practice session will take place on Saturday morning from 10:00am to 11:30am local time, while qualifying will start at 2:00pm and run under the normal format.

Speaking over the weekend of the British Grand Prix, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl suggested the new programme would be hard.

"Imola, [being a] two-day event, it's obviously a new challenge for all of us, I think they're still discussions ongoing about the detail of the format", said Seidl, who was speaking after qualifying last weekend.

In this way the drivers and teams will have less time to fine-tune their vehicle for the race and qualifying and it will be more like preparing for the race.

"But of course the condensed programme is an additional challenge but it's the same challenge for all and we're actually looking forward to that challenge to see how we can cope with it best".

Imola has not featured on the Formula 1 calendar since 2006 but the circuit's inclusion comes in the wake of the schedule being amended in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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