“Next weekend at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit we will tell a good part of the history of Formula 1 that at Shanghai crossed the line of its 1,000th grand prix, thanks to a starting grid of more than 30 F2 racing cars, together with many friends, drivers and engineers,” commented Gian Carlo Minardi, “I took part in more than 340 rounds with the Minardi Team and I am proud to share the results of this wonderful period with all the fans”.

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th Imola’s International Circuit will host the fourth edition of the motoring event created by the manager from Faenza and brought onto the track with Formula Imola.

The single ticket that can be bought on TicketOne or directly at the Santerno circuit will give access to the pits, paddock and the terrace for a dip into the history of Motorsport with more than 30 F1 racing cars (starting with the Cooper Maserati T51 up to the Scuderia Toro Rosso passing through Minardi, Ferrari, Williams, Ayrton Senna’s McLaren, Tecno, Wolf, Tyrrell, Fittipaldi, Theodore, Arrows, Osella, Dallara, March), F2, F3, Gran Turismo, Prototypes such as the Alfa Romeo 33 TT 3 and the Lucchini Motorsport, Lancia Martini, Lotus Elise, as well as Supercar with the badges of Pagani, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Dallara Stradale and Alpine which will take to the track on both days

For the occasion Riccardo Patrese will return to the wheel of the Renault powered Williams FW14, the car with which he won the Mexico and Portugal GPs, while Pierluigi Martini will take to the track with the six-wheeled Tyrrell P36 and the Minardi M189.

Over the two days the pits and the paddock will be “invaded” by champions of Motorsport , with the great participation of the F1 Grand Prix Club: Riccardo Patrese  together with his son Lorenzo who is already a protagonist in karting, Emanuele Pirro, Alessandro Nannini, Pierluigi Martini,  Luca Badoer Fabrizio Barbazza,  Moreno Roberto, Andrea Montermini, Luis Perez Sala, Paolo Barilla, Gabriele Tredozi and Aldo Costa former Technical Directors of Team Minardi, Mauro Forghieri, Alex Caffi, Giovanni Lavaggi, Carlo Facetti, Gabriele Lancieri, Claudio and Gianni Giudice Angelo Ancherani, karting driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli, Francesco Bergomi, Sergio Camapana, Enzo Coloni, Roberto Del Castello, Farneti Roberto, Giorgio Francia, Bruno Giacomelli, Roberto Marazzi, Mauro Martini,  Nicolò Piancastelli, Andrea Rosso, Enrico Toccacelo, Howden Ganley, Mario Theissen, Richard Attwood, Daniele Audetto, Derek Daly, Gery Brandstetter, Graham Gauld, Hans Herrmann, Teddy Pilette, David Piper, Jo Ramirez, Axel Schmidt, Marc Surer, Patrick Tambay, Jo Vonlanthen and Mike Wilds  will be available to sign autographs.

Once more there will be the appointments in the Ayrton Senna Conference Room with the  Libreria dell’Automobile  (Automobile Bookshop) which will present extraordinary books signed by Pino Allievi, Mario Donnini, Paola Rovolta and Umberto Zapelloni (Giorgio Nada Editore). The Scuderia Tazio Nuvolari will present the historic Lucchini sport Register and the Lotus Elisa S1 and the debate with engineer Nicola Materazzi.

The Champions of Motorsport of the F1 GRAND PRIX CLUB will be waiting for you on Sunday 28th at 11.00am.

There will be innovation and road safety with Easyrain, the innovative SME that develops safety systems that is committed to creating the first anti-aquaplaning gadget for cars and autonomous vehicles will be at Imola to put its research on display for drivers, teams and all the fans.

Furthermore at the Historic Minardi Day you will be able to admire cars constructed from LEGO blocks. The Gruppo Appassionati LEGO Brianza LUG (Recognized LEGO Users Group) and their friends from Æmilia Bricks and  Piemonte Bricks will organize an exhibition with 12 “theme islands”. One of the cars on display will the Lancia Delta HF Integrale made with LECO Technic.

There will be plenty of space for entertainment in the Simulators and E-sport area where you will be able to put yourself to the test on the Imola track by becoming a driver for a day, and theDriver Experience. You can also take to the track in your own supercar during free practice which will give you the chance to put on the helmet and experience the thrill of a lap of the Santerno track (subject to booking directly at the circuit) aboard a fantastic Supercar of the calibre of Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio of more than 500CV and the Dallara Stradale with Andrea Levy. In Paddock 2 you will be able to witness the incredible radio controlled F1 car challenges organized by the Faenza RC Team.

Alain Prost says he hates the 2010 movie ‘Senna’ released covering the life and career of his great rival Ayrton Senna. Prost says he is “portrayed as bad” during the film which covered their intense rivalry and partnership at McLaren.

The film was made by the same team who went on to make the F1 Netflix documentary ‘Drive to Survive’ which was released to much acclaim earlier this year…

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Max Verstappen has made a string of suggestions that he believes would improve the racing spectacle in Formula 1. The Red Bull star is yet to feature as a title contender in his previous F1 seasons, something he partly attributes to the sport’s unlevel playing field.

Liberty Media have made strides to improve racing in 2019, with simpler front wings and other aerodynamic tweaks brought in in an attempt to boost overtaking, with further changes planned for 2021.

Asked what he would change bout F1, Verstappen said: “The tyres…

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Renault special advisor and F1 legend Alain Prost insists the French manufacture will at some point have one of the best power units in Formula 1.

Renault’s Viry Châtillon engine department has endured a rough start to the 2019 season with a series of MGU-K failures suffered by the manufacturer’s works outfit and its customer McLaren.

Carlos Sainz was sidelined in Melbourne by the element’s breakdown, while Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo were simultaneously hit with problems in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

All Renault engines were fitted with an updated MGU-K in China but Hulkenberg was once again stopped by a rupture, although one rooted in a software glitch rather than in the …

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VIDEO: So that's why teams hate drivers doing donuts...

VIDEO: So that’s why teams hate drivers doing donuts…

VIDEO: So that's why teams hate drivers doing donuts...

 

If you ever wondered why teams don’t like their drivers doing donuts after races, this might give you a clue. Jake Dennis and David Coulthard were at the wheel for Red bull in a show run at the new Vietnam Grand Prix track recently. Check out what happens under the RB7’s engine cover when DC puts in a few spins!

If this even is anything to go by, it certainly looks like F1 will be made to feel very welcome in Vietnam!

Check out more clips from Red Bull’s show run below.

Drag racing #F1 style! ? Here’s your first taste of street racing Hanoi… ? #VietnamGP ?? #HeinekenF1 pic.twitter.com/OaOgg4nfvK

— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) April 20, 2019

Hitting the streets of Hanoi for the first time! ??? #VietnamGP #HeinekenF1 pic.twitter.com/QNNkL0Vj7S

— Aston Martin Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) April 20, 2019

Take a bow DC! ? Hanoi you’ve b

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Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger is concerned that current Scuderia team principal Mattia Binotto may be spread too thin by combining his new role with his current job as technical director. Binotto has led recent gains made by Ferrari on the power unit side of development, leading to his promotion to fill the gap left by Maurizio Arrivabene’s departure.

Having served as a test technician in Ferrari’s 90s/00s heyday, Binotto has gradually worked his way up the ranks until he was promoted to the top job for 2019.

However, with an aerodynamic failing seeing the SF90 fail to display its true power across the first three races, Berger pointed out that Ferrari’s current staff is in star contrast to their rivals.

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Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger believes the sum of Mattia Binotto’s wide-ranging responsibilities could critically overwhelm the Scuderia boss.

After several months of intrigue and rumors last season of a dissention among the Scuderia’s top brass, the House of Maranello underwent management changes at the turn of the year, with team principal Maurizio Arrivabene replaced by the Scuderia’s technical director Mattia Binotto.

While the move has undoubtedly changed the complexion of the Italian outfit, for the better, results on the track have not yet met the expectations generated by Ferrari during pre-season testing.

Berger isn’t sure the Scuderia’s ‘one man at the helm’ approach will be beneficial to Ferrari compared to Mercedes and Red Bull, where responsibilities are spread across several prominent leaders.

“The usual thing with Ferrari is, someone getting the responsibility, and getting all responsibility,” explained Berger, quoted by

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Automobile polo or Auto polo was a motorsport invented in the United States with rules and equipment similar to equestrian polo but using automobiles instead of horses. It was dangerous and carried the risk of injury and death to the participants and spectators…

The official inventor of auto polo is purported to be Ralph “Pappy” Hankinson, a Ford automobile dealer from Topeka who devised the sport as a publicity stunt in 1911 to sell Model T cars. No car but the Model T Ford had the forward speeds and reverse and brake applied by foot pedals, plus throttle operated by hand, and the transmission system that made such maneuvers possible.

Auto Polo

Forbes magazine revealed in an interesting analysis that among all current drivers, Sebastian Vettel, who during his career, has earned the most money for his teams, which are given to Formula 1 by the teams according to their success in the World Championship.

Over the course of his career, Vettel has won more than half a billion US dollars for Toro Rosso, Red Bull, and Ferrari, and is also more successful than five times world champion Lewis Hamilton. The Briton, who has a title more than Vettel, has earned nearly 450 million in his runs. His backlog for the German is attributed in particular to the 2007 season when Mclaren did not receive the prize due to the Spygate affair.

Kimi Raikkonen took the third place among the current racers with a mere 400 million, while the Finnish veteran followed Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, and Valtteri Bottas.

Each track on the F1 calendar has its own special corner, but there are a few that stand out as the Best. Do you know your apex from your elbow? Test your F1 corner knowledge with our special quiz…How well do you know your turns when it comes to Formula 1 circuits?