Ferrari Adjusts Plans Due To Emilia Romagna F1 Sprint Format

Written By Nicole Russo on April 15, 2022
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The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix begins on Sunday, April 24 in Imola. Charles Leclerc is currently the F1 betting favorite to take home his third victory of the season there.

However, the race at Imola will be the first of three sprint format races this season, and that has put a wrench in Ferrari’s timeline to upgrade its cars.

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Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Sprint Format

Charles Leclerc has won two of the first three races of the season. His win in Melbourne was especially impressive, beating Sergio Perez (2nd) by over 20 seconds.

Many were expecting Ferrari to introduce its first round of major upgrades to the car before Imola, but the sprint format for the race has put those plans on hold. Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto doesn’t feel that a single hour of practice before qualifying on Friday is enough time to test new upgrades and evaluate them before the race.

Instead, the upgrades to the chassis will come in time for the Miami Grand Prix on May 6. It wouldn’t be surprising if other teams followed suit.

In the sprint format, drivers have just one hour of practice on Friday. After that, they go straight into qualifying.

The drivers get one more practice session on Saturday before they race in the sprint, a 100km dash that lasts about 25-30 minutes and allows drivers to accumulate more points than during a standard race weekend.

The rules for F1 Sprints have changed this year.

Previously, just the top three finishers in the sprint earned points. Now, the top eight drivers in the sprint are awarded points. The driver who finishes in P1 gets eight points, down to the driver in P8 securing one point.

Last year, the driver who won the sprint got pole position for Sunday’s race.

The driver who sets the fastest time in qualifying will earn pole position for the race this year.

Qualifying will also determine the grid for the F1 Sprint on Saturday.

Imola Is A High Downforce Track

Although Ferrari has delayed its upgrades, it might not be a huge cause for concern in this particular circuit. Imola is a high downforce track, meaning the car’s performance is based more on its aerodynamic downforce than sheer engine power.

Characteristics of a high downforce track include more corners and shorter straights. The key is to have a car that can generate downforce without producing too much drag.

It seems as though Red Bull has had a slight advantage in the straights over Ferrari, but that won’t be as impactful here.

For Ferrari, it is going to be extremely important to get its porpoising under control. Both Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc have been dealing with it all season, but so have the majority of teams.

For Red Bull, it is all about reliability. Verstappen hasn’t finished two out of the three total races this season due to mechanical issues. He is currently 46 points behind Leclerc in the Driver’s Championship standings.

The cars are going to endure more pressure at Imola, needing to essentially make it through two races back-to-back.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Dates, Time

  • Dates:
    • Friday, April 22: Practice 1, Qualifying
    • Saturday, April 23: Practice 2, Sprint
    • Sunday, April 24: Race
  • Time: 6am PST/9am EST
  • Network: ESPN
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Nicole Russo is the Brand Content Strategist for Previously, she covered the gambling industries in Tennessee and Indiana as a content editor for and She comes from the world of poker, leading the marketing efforts for online poker in Nevada and New Jersey with the WSOP. Russo also assisted with the marketing efforts for the Caesars Sportsbook launch in 2019.

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