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Things have started to heat up since Lando Norris defeated Max Verstappen in Miami. And the F1 circus is now moving to Italy. With the next race being the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, it’s time to see if Max Verstappen continues his winning spree after the Miami hiccup. As we did not get to enjoy the Imola GP last year because of extreme weather, it is finally time to race at the legendary Ferrari track. While this is an exciting event on the F1 calendar, let’s not forget it’s the track on which we lost the F1 legend, Ayrton Senna.

The streets will fill up with fans heading to the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari starting from May 17th till race day on the 19th. The 4.909 km race was last conquered by Max Verstappen in 2022. With a capacity of 78,000 people, there is enough place for passionate F1 fans to catch the race that was skipped last year owing to the floods. And for everyone who is concerned about what time the festivities will start this weekend, we got you covered.

2024 Imola GP Schedule: 17th to 19th May


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Unlike the last two races, there will be no sprint in this weekend’s Grand Prix schedule. As usual, the media day will take place on the Thursday before the GP weekend with press conferences lined up for teams on the 16th. This will be followed by 2 free practices on May 17, Friday. Saturday, May 18, will be when the final free practice will take place, followed by the qualifiers for the starting grid on Sunday. May 19th will be the Grand Prix along with Sebastian Vettel‘s tribute to Ayrton Senna with his drive around the Imola circuit in the McLaren MP4/8.


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Imola Free Practice 1-2: May 17

As the track was out of the F1 calendar since 2006 and the 2023 GP was canceled, the teams do not have much recent data. So May 17’s free practice is crucial for the teams to understand the track and align their setups accordingly.

IMOLA, ITALY – NOVEMBER 01: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and third-placed Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on November 01, 2020 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Lars Baron – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Practice 107:3012:3013:3021:30 (May 16)20:30
Practice 211:0016:0017:0001:00 (May 18)00:00 (May 18)

Imola Practice 3 and Qualifiers: May 18

On the second day, teams will get their final chance to test the cars before the parc ferme conditions begin. Following this, there will be three stages of qualifying where it will be back to the tracks to decide the polesitter. Back in 2022, it was Max Verstappen who breezed through the qualifiers taking the pole, will this happen again?

Practice 3 (12:30 GMT+2)06:3011:3012:3020:3019:30
Grand Prix Qualifying (16:00 GMT+2)10:0015:0016:0000:00 (May 19)23:00 (May 18)

Race Day: May 19

As we move to Italy, we have an afternoon Grand Prix down at Imola. There is a 6% chance of a thunderstorm, so it’s advised to carry an umbrella just in case. Hopefully, the forecast changes, and there will be no rain at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit. Only time will tell if the race this year will be free from incidents on the track.

USA (Eastern Time Zone)09:00
Australia (Eastern Standard Time)23:00


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Where to watch the 2024 Imola Grand Prix?

F1TV has everyone covered for the season as fans can pick up a one-time pass to watch all the races through the year with more exclusive content. If that’s something you do not prefer, there are other ways to enjoy the pinnacle of motorsport racing. Here are some alternatives for fans watching in the USA, UK, and Australia.


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Miami, USAESPN+, ESPN Deportes
Los Angeles, USAESPN+, ESPN Deportes
Chicago, USAESPN+, ESPN Deportes
London, UKSky Sports F1, Channel 4
Sydney, AustraliaFOX Sports, Foxtel, and Kayo

With that said, who do you think will take the win at the Imola GP? Will it be Max Verstappen again, or will yet another driver put him behind? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Viren Mirpuri


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Viren Mirpuri is an F1 Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a degree in Mass Media and a specialization in Journalism, he has a penchant for uncovering thrilling stories from the world’s fastest motorsport. He is known for his speedy race day coverage outside of discussing the engine technicalities.
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Deepali Verma