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F1 test two-day race weekend at the Emilia Romagna GP

With a hectic and re-arranged 2020 schedule, logistics in F1 was always going to be pushed to its maximum. We look at how and why F1 is to test a two-day weekend at the Romagna GP.
Imola Circuit from above
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The last of the back-to-back European race weekends see the F1 circuit head back to Italy for the third time this season at the Imola circuit. F1 has not raced at the somewhat controversial race track since the San Marino GP in 2006 where Michael Schumacher took pole and won the race. 

Due to the difficult schedule of the 2020 calendar, the two-day race weekend has been put in place to deal with difficulties in logistics coming from the Portuguese race only the weekend before. This means the media day will move from Thursday to Friday and there will be just one 90 minute practice on Saturday morning before qualifying. 

Apart from changing the format slightly, it could also see the potential for more variables in the qualifying line up as teams and drivers would not have had their normal 3 practice sessions. Less time to practice on what is largely a new track for a lot of the drivers could see the weekend shaken up a bit.  

Earlier in the month, we got a glimpse into what a two-day race weekend could look like at the Eifel GP in Germany when Friday was completely abandoned after the bad fog descended onto the track. We saw the quali line up as normal, but 5 cars did not finish the race. 

The F1 bosses had put the two-day weekend into the 2021 schedule alongside the new 2021 rules change, but now both have been scrapped due to the rescheduling of the 2020 season.

If the weekend is a hit then you are more then likely to see more of this in future. 

You can read how Lewis Hamilton won his record-breaking 92nd win at the Portuguese Grand Prix with our bite-size recap here.

Original Story Source Sky Sports

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