The weekend of the Formula 1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix is special in several respects: on the one hand, after a 14-year hiatus, the racing circus has returned to Imola, and for the first time the field is officially completing its two-day race weekend.
In connection with this, the International Motorsport Council of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has also approved the changes to the rules. According to them, two-day weekends, if they will continue to be so, are made up of a 90-minute free practice, a time trial and a race.
Due to the unusual organization, the course of off-field events was also transformed: the media day was moved to Friday, the competitor briefings are held on Friday night, and between free practice and qualification.
Some existing rules also needed to be clarified and reworded:
- The mandatory rest period for teams normally covers two days on a weekend, but in this case only Friday night should be taken into account.
- Anyone who changes bodies after a single practice must start from the pit lane in the race – on average, this is possible with impunity until the end of the third training session.
- The number of user rubber sets is reduced from 13 to 10, this includes 6 sets of soft and 2-2 sets of medium and hard tires; and three sets must be returned to the tire supplier after training.