2021 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Schedule, Start Time & Where to Watch the Race Live

Published 04/11/2021, 5:19 AM EDT
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After a brilliant season opener in Bahrain, the F1 circus now moves to Italy, or more specifically, the historic track at Imola, to contest the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. There’ll be a multitude of interesting story lines that are worth following in Italy, but at what time can fans catch the race?

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The second race of the 2021 season is a 63 lap/120 minute affair (whichever comes first). The Grand Prix begins at 3pm local time. Fans in the United Kingdom can watch the race live on Sky Sports and C4 at 2pm, whereas audience from the USA can tune in to watch the race at 10am on ESPN.

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IMOLA, ITALY: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

What happened at the last F1 race in Imola?

F1 returned to the track in Imola last year, for the first time since the 2006 San Marino Grand Prix. Qualifying didn’t have too many surprises, with the most notable aspect being Valtteri Bottas taking home pole position ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Although Pierre Gasly’s epic hot lap to put his car in P4 is also a worthy mention.

Tha race itself wasn’t very eventful with Hamilton taking the win, thanks to a lucky pit-stop under the virtual safety car. However, towards the end of the race, things began to heat up with Max Verstappen in hot pursuit. But the Red Bull man’s race was ended by a puncture with 13 laps to go. This opened the door for one surprise podium maker, Daniel Ricciardo, who got his second podium of the season.

IMOLA, ITALY: Third place Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

The Renault driver capitalized having stayed out on track while Sergio Perez went into the pits during safety car period.

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But the real talking point came after the race. Ricciardo remembered his traditional ‘shoey’ celebration this time around, and he was surprisingly joined by Hamilton. The image of the Briton drinking champagne out of Daniel’s shoe flooded the internet.

Fans will hope that the overall race this time is far more exciting. However, they certainly wouldn’t mind one or more surprise entrants on the podium.

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Of course, the main talking point will be the battle for the title between Hamilton and Verstappen. Who will triumph in Imola? We shall soon see.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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