2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: How Many DRS Zones and What Are the F1 Tire Choices for Imola?

Published 04/08/2021, 12:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via Reuters/Luca Bruno


Next weekend, the second round of the 2021 Formula One season will kick off. This time around, the F1 paddock will make landfall at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola. As always, the cars will run on Pirelli tires for the coming weekend, though the combination is the biggest question.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As it turns out, the tire compounds will largely resemble the ones available at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Last time, the drivers and teams had the C2, C3, and C4 tires stocked. Now, the same three compounds will be back for the coming Imola race weekend.

The C2 is the hardest tire available to the teams, and many will look to it as a last resort. Meanwhile, the C3 tires make up the medium range and will most likely be the preferred tire for the race. Finally, there is the C4 tire, which is the softest compound available. Without a doubt, all teams will be looking to stock up on these tires, especially for qualifying.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

How many DRS zones are there at Imola?

The 4.9 km track only houses one DRS zone, located on the exit of the final corner. Drivers can activate it on the start-finish straight and it runs through Turn 1.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – General view during the race Pool via Reuters/Davide Gennari

This is largely because Turn 1 is a long sweeping right-hander without the need to brake. However, drivers will have to be hard on the anchors for turns 2, 3 and 4. From there, they can continue the rest of the lap and navigate all 19 turns.

Last year, Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo. Now, the seven-time world champion will be aiming for a repeat in 2021. However, the likes of Bottas and Max Verstappen will not make things easy for him.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Weather Report: Is F1 in for a Wet Race at Imola?

16 days ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Dhruv George

11323 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT