While some will be making their debut at the track this weekend, the Brazilian driver Enzo Fittipaldi is all too familiar with the layout of the circuit.
“I’m very much looking forward to racing in Imola. I think for Formula 2 and Formula 3 it’s a track that should be on the calendar. It’s great that it is this year because it’s an amazing track, it’s extremely technical, it’s very fast and it’s a track where there is no margin for error, so you have to be on point there. Imola is a very historic track and I really like the layout, it’s an amazing track. I’ve driven there in Formula 4 and Formula Regional, and for a Qualifying lap, it really is insane.”
When asked about the particular challenges that Imola could throw, the Charouz driver expressed his concerns about the rear tyres.
“I think Imola is going to be quite difficult on the rear tyres. I don’t know how difficult but I’m expecting rear overheating and issues in the races. We’re already looking out for that, but to be honest, if you look at the weather forecast it’s looking like there’s going to be a lot of rain and that will change a lot of things.”
Talking about overtaking opportunities, Fittipaldi says that there are limited occasions and it’s quite tricky to do so.
“For sure all the action will most likely be in the front straight, all the other parts of the track are going to be kind of difficult to overtake. The only real possible overtaking place will be into Turn 1 so that big straight and big DRS zone is where I think the majority of the action will be. So it will be very important to have a strong last sector and a good exit out of the last corner, so you can try and overtake into Turn 1.”
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