MAX VERSTAPPEN and Charles Leclerc will go toe-to-toe on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend.
Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are set to battle in Italy as soon as once more (Picture: GETTY)
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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have been warned about two points dealing with them on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Pirelli boss Mario Isola expects the monitor to throw up some issues and believes Verstappen and Leclerc will wrestle with a scarcity of overtaking alternatives this weekend in addition to unknowns on their tyre set-up.
Mercedes have struggled to maintain up with Purple Bull and Ferrari with Lewis Hamilton in unfamiliar territory of not difficult for race wins. No main upgrades are anticipated this week, which means the race at Imola may observe the same sample to what has occurred in earlier Grands Prix this yr.
Most drivers on the grid might be effectively accustomed to the monitor with Imola returning to the F1 circuit again in 2020. However final yr’s race was hampered by heavy rain and regulation modifications this yr make it a unique prospect this time round.
The modifications to the vehicles have helped encourage nearer racing on monitor, however Isola just isn’t positive the race in Italy this weekend will see a lot overtaking. And he additionally believes each crew might want to “begin from scratch” in constructing a method for the race.
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Max Verstappen gained the final Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)
“Imola is an outdated model and difficult monitor, overtaking could be tough additionally as a result of the circuit is kind of slim in some factors,” he stated. “So a method designed to keep away from site visitors is probably going.
“The groups right here begin from scratch by way of tyre information, each as a result of the compounds are utterly completely different this yr and since the 2021 race was run on moist tyres earlier than the lengthy pink flag interruption. Typically, Imola is a median extreme monitor for tyres, plus it’s used very often.
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“Which means we may see the monitor evolve barely lower than on different circuits, as it’s already effectively rubberized from the beginning: final month the primary spherical of the GT World Problem, for which Pirelli is the unique provider, was held at Imola, which gave us the possibility to assemble some helpful knowledge. These are simply a number of the components that the groups should take note of when selecting the tyres for the primary Dash race of the yr.”
Verstappen and Leclerc might be anticipated to be difficult on the entrance as soon as once more with the Dutchman hoping Purple Bull’s reliability points are behind them. The reigning F1 world champion has solely completed one race thus far with that coming in Saudi Arabia the place he gained.
Leclerc holds a wholesome lead on the high of the Drivers’ Championship having gained the opposite two races. And there might be some expectation in Italy for Ferrari to face atop the rostrum of their first of two residence races this season.