Formula 1 is set to swiftly follow up its Portuguese Grand Prix with its Emilia Romagnan Grand Prix, to be held at Imola.
It will be the first time since 2006 that the series has raced at Imola. The weekend’s event is set to be held across two days, rather than the usual three, with a practice session and qualifying on Saturday followed by the race on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton enters the weekend leading the Drivers’ Championship by 77 points ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. The Briton having won three of the last four races prior to this weekend, Bottas winning the other race in that period.
There is a 17 point gap between Bottas and Max Verstappen who is third in the championship. The Dutchman having finished on the podium in three of the last four races.
There is then an 82 point gap between Verstappen and fourth placed Daniel Ricciardo who followed up his first podium since 2018 with a ninth place finish last time out. The Australian has a five point advantage over Charles Leclerc in fifth, the Monegasque driver having finished inside the top six for the fifth time in 2020 last weekend.
Leclerc is one point ahead of Sergio Perez who is directly behind the Ferrari driver in the championship. Perez continued his impressive scoring run where he finished seventh last time out. It therefore also means that the Mexican is six points behind Ricciardo in the battle for fourth in the Drivers’ Championship.
Lando Norris is nine points behind Perez heading into this weekend having failed to score points in the last three Grand Prix. The Briton’s latest non score due to being involved in a collision with Perez’s teammate, Lance Stroll. One point separates Norris and Alexander Albon who is directly behind the McLaren driver in the championship, the Red Bull driver having also failed to finish inside the points last time out.
One point behind Albon is Pierre Gasly who finished fifth in Portugal, the third time the Frenchman has finished inside the top six this season. Gasly has a four point advantage over Carlos Sainz who is directly behind the AlphaTauri driver in the championship.Embed from Getty Images
The Spaniard briefly led the Portuguese Grand Prix last weekend before eventually being classified in sixth. Sainz has a two point advantage over Lance Stroll. The Canadian hasn’t scored points since finishing third in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza and finds himself eleventh in the championship. Stroll does have a 17 point advantage over Esteban Ocon who is directly behind the Racing Point driver in the standings.
Ocon was classified inside the top ten in Portugal, the seventh time the Frenchman has scored points this season. He has a 22 point advantage over Sebastian Vettel heading into the weekend.
Vettel also finished inside the top ten last weekend, the sixth time the German has scored points this season. He goes to Imola with a four point advantage over Daniil Kvyat. The Russian has failed to score points in the two Grand Prix prior to this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
In the Constructors’ Championship Mercedes are on the brink of clinching their seventh consecutive title. They have a 209 point gap over Red Bull with 220 points still available from the remaining five races.
The main fight to concentrate on in the Constructors’ is that over third which is currently occupied by Racing Point. They have a two point advantage over McLaren in fourth and a six point advantage over Renault in fifth. Racing Point have managed to get at least one car into the top ten at every Grand Prix this season. McLaren have managed to get at least one car into the points in all but one race this season, and the same can be said of Renault.Embed from Getty Images
Ferrari are sixth with 27 points separating them and Renault. The Maranello team have a 16 point advantage over AlphaTauri who are seventh in the championship. Ferrari managed to get both cars into the top ten last time out in Portugal, the fourth time this season. AlphaTauri meanwhile have managed to get a car into the top ten in the last nine races.
Alfa Romeo are 72 points adrift of AlphaTauri with the Swiss based team’s main concern being Haas who are two points behind. Williams are tenth who have yet to score a point this season.