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8 Fast Facts About the F1 Imola Grand Prix

May 15, 2023

All motor racing eyes will be on Imola in Italy this weekend as the Emilia Romagna GP takes centre stage, and there’s sure to drama and thrills aplenty.

Pokerstars Casino’s partner, Oracle Red Bull Racing are leading the early charge with Max Verstappen (on 119 points) and Sergio Perez (105 points) solidifying their 1-2 positions in the standings thanks to another imperious performance in Miami last time out.

Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) round out the top places in the championship.


Unsurprisingly, in the Constructors Championship it’s a similar picture of Oracle Red Bull Racing dominance with the team at the summit on 224 points – 122 points ahead of Aston Martin.

Imola is an ever-popular race venue on the F1 calendar, so ahead of the weekend we’ve decided to look at some interesting fast facts about this revered track for you to enjoy:

  • 4.909 – The total length in kilometres of the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari track located in the town of Imola.
  • 17 – the number of turns on the track
  • 1953 – the year the track was first opened.
  • 7 – the most wins by a single driver (a record held by Michael Schumacher).
  • 9 – the most wins by a team (a record held jointly by Williams and Ferrari).
  • 63 – the number of punishing laps the drivers will have to endure to reach the checkered flag on Sunday.
  • 1:15:484 – that’s the current lap record, posted by Lewis Hamilton in 2020.
  • 1994 – perhaps the most difficult and tragic year in the history of the Imola Grand Prix; both Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger would lose their lives that year.

2023 Race Schedule (Local Time)

Friday May 19

First Practice Session – 13.30 – 14.30

Second Practice Session – 17.00 – 18.00

Saturday May 20

Team Pit Stop Practice – 9.40 – 10.10

Third Practice Session – 12.30 – 13.30

Qualifying Session – 16.00 – 17.00

Sunday May 21

Main Race – 15.00 – 17.00