Fan Favorite F1 Track Emerges as Frontrunner to Replace Vietnam in 2021 Calendar

Published 12/29/2020, 11:42 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race Pool via Reuters/Davide Gennari


The 2020 F1 season saw several tracks included in the F1 calendar that were not regular. The FIA had to fall back on several European circuits this year due to the deadly COVID virus. Therefore, even after only 17 rounds in the championship this year, the season was exciting.

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However, the 2021 season going to be very hectic. The provisional calendar released earlier threatened of a 23 race season. With the world in a better place, COVID-wise, and the reduced rounds this season, such a calendar was not a shock. Although it might undergo some modifications, the number may not change.

Meanwhile, there has been considerable gossip about the Hanoi Circuit of the Vietnamese Grand Prix. After the chairman of the Hanoi People’s committee was arrested under corruption charges, FIA ruled out the possibility of a race there. Since then, the authorities have been hunting for a replacement.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – November 1, 2020 General view during the race Pool via Reuters/Davide Gennari

After a successful year of bringing back old tracks into the calendar, the FIA has a varied range of choices. Starting from tracks like Mugello to Portimao, Nurburgring, Istanbul Park and a few others.

However, one that is most likely to make the calendar is Imola, the circuit for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

FIA will not look at Istanbul Park because the dates clash with Turkeys’s national festival, Ramadan. The other would be Portimao, but the drivers have already complained about a gripless tarmac. Well, that leaves out Mugello and Imola and the latter is being preferred at this point.

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Mercedes made history in F1 at Imola

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was a witness to history. Lewis Hamilton and Bottas again emerged victorious after a tense race at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The duo occupied the top spots, gifting Mercedes their 7th Constructors’ Championship in a row. Well, given their commitment and their spirit, they will certainly clinch more than 7.

Besides that, the race saw Daniel Ricciardo grab his second podium of the season. After a tense last sector with Daniil Kvyat, the Aussie raced past the chequered flag, grabbing another win for Renault before he leaves them. The podium celebrations lit up for the race when Hamilton asked for a shoey from the Renault racer.

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However, the race was not exciting for everyone. Max Verstappen was flying and had overtaken Valtteri Bottas. Agreed that Bottas had some faults in his car, but Max definitely outperformed him. Unfortunately, a rear right puncture saw him take another DNF to his name as he missed out on a podium yet again.

Besides him, George Russell would want to forget that race as well. After a full 2 years of trying to score his first championship points, he was finally a few laps away from scoring that.

However, a poor decision at the Aqua Minerale turn saw him drive straight into the walls, recording yet another DNF. Well, we hope that if Imola makes the cut, we would see him making a better statement.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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