2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: F1 Tweaks Single DRS Zone For Imola Race

Published 04/12/2021, 8:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


In their bid to prepare the Imola track for the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the authorities have brought about some changes to the track. Will these changes will be helpful to the drivers? Well, we’ll have to wait until next week to find out.

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The last time the F1 paddock was in Imola, Lewis Hamilton came out on top. It was Ferrari and AlphaTauri’s home Grand Prix, but it was the Mercedes managed to claim the race weekend as theirs, securing a 1-2 finish.

Now, with DRS changes done for the track for the upcoming race weekend, we shall find out soon who can adapt in time.

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The Imola Grand Prix will have a change done to the DRS zone

DRS or Drag Reduction System in Formula One is aimed to reduce aerodynamic drag on the car and help to overtake in straights. With the latest updated, the track in Italy will have a longer DRS zone compared to the one of 2020.

An F1 journalist, Mikolaj Sokot said, “One DRS zone in Imola, but longer than in the 2020 season. The detection point has been moved in front of Rivazza (entering Turn 17, in 2020 it was behind the exit of Turn 18), and the beginning of the extended zone is to be at the exit to the pit lane – instead of at the finish line. (Translated via Google Translate)

A surprise win or a predictable win in Italy?

The seven-time world champion won last year at the circuit, Hamilton might be looking to win again here in the upcoming weekend. The Mercedes driver also won the opening round of the season in Bahrain and hopes to carry that momentum to Italy as well.

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen might be looking to redeem himself as he was beaten by Lewis in the first race of the season. Verstappen will throw everything at the Knight as they zip around the track.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

We are just days away from the second round of the Formula One 2021 season. Who do you think will cross the line in the first place, will it be Mercedes’s Lewis or Dutch driver, Verstappen? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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