In the build-up to the 2020 Emiglia Romana Grand Prix at the hallowed Imola Circuit has prompted Mike from SimRacing604 to drive the virtual version using Assetto Corsa and the RSS Formula Hybrid mod.
Mike writes in the intro: Formula 1 is back at Imola this weekend by dint of a modified schedule this season. Given that the circuit hasn’t been raced on by F1 cars in 14 years, I wanted to showcase the track and some of its intricacies.”
The official F1 website has this info on the venue:
When was the track built?
Imola – or the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari as it’s been known since 1988 – had its foundation stone laid in March 1950. It was ready for testing by October 1952, while racing began at the circuit in 1953.
When was its first Grand Prix?
Imola first hosted a non-championship F1 race in 1963, but it would take some politicking with Monza in 1980 before the track was awarded the honour of hosting the Italian Grand Prix for the first time that year. From 1981, the two tracks worked together in perfect harmony, with Imola taking on its famous ‘San Marino’ title, and going on to host a total of 27 Grands Prix up until 2006.
What’s the circuit like?
A thrill ride. Pierre Gasly tested his AlphaTauri AT01 at the track in the build-up to the 2020 season, and called the experience one of the best he’d ever had in a Formula 1 car, while his teammate Daniil Kvyat remarked that “an F1 car through corners like Acque Minerali – the entrance is so fast, it’s so cool. It really gives you a lot of adrenaline.” The anti-clockwise circuit is certainly fast, with an old-school feel as the drivers put it on the line in iconic corners like the aforementioned Acque Minerali and Piratella.