As Formula 1’s organisers fill the gaps of the 2020 calendar, the addition of Imola has thrilled fans across the world. But the fact tickets are now on sale for fans to witness the race from the stands is a huge bonus.
Imola was a staple circuit on the calendar between 1981 to 2006, serving up a host of memorable moments that made this a must-watch race.
Like the other Italian tracks of Monza and Mugello which have preceded it in 2020, it’s an extremely fast circuit with a number of high-speed turns that will showcase the downforce these modern machines carry.
The speed of the circuit caught out Mika Hakkinen in 1999, who was leading the race comfortably, but lost control of his car into the final corner and crashed into the barriers, throwing away a certain win in front of the delighted home Ferrari fans.
One year later, and there was more delight for the Tifosi this time at Monza, as Michael Schumacher drew level with Ayrton Senna for the record of most grand prix wins. At the time, that record stood at 41. It was a record the German would go on to more than double by recording 91 wins which is still yet to be equalled by Lewis Hamilton.
It’s a circuit that’s rich in motorsport heritage. The circuit has held the World Superbike championship and World Touring Cars races in the past, and is a stone’s throw from AlphaTauri’s Faenza base.
When travelling to Imola, however, you’ll likely fly into Bologna airport which is just 20 minutes by train from the track. It may be best known for its pasta – and so it should be – but this historic city has a lot more to offer.
With this race being the first to trial a two-day race weekend format on Saturday and Sunday, that opens up your Friday to take on the full Ferrari experience. Buses run from Bologna to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, with a stop at the Fiorano circuit, lunch at a nearby farmhouse, and a visit to the Casa Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena.
For those wanting to see the race in style, Paddock Club hospitality will be up and running for this race. Usually a unique opportunity to get closer than ever to the grand prix, fans will get the chance to take in a lap of the circuit on an open-top truck, snap a photo on the grid and ask their favourite drivers a burning question in a virtual Q&A.
The ultimate experience is complete with indulgent catering and all-day champagne bars, and picture-perfect seats with a view of the start-finish straight.
This will be a race to remember, and a rare opportunity to see modern F1 cars take on a classic and beloved circuit. Book your tickets to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with Motorsport Tickets now to witness the race for yourself.