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2024 Emilia Romagna GP Preview and Betting Odds

Last Updated on May 15, 2024 8:47 pm by Erwin Noguera

The 2024 Emilia Romagna GP marks the return of Formula 1 to Europe after races in Australia, China, and the United States. The race will take place at the Autódromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari near Imola, Italy, from May 17-19.

Imola is one of the classic European circuits, having hosted 27 F1 races since 1980. The track is named after the founders of Ferrari and is a short drive from Ferrari’s headquarters in Maranello. The 4.9 km track features fast corners such as Tamburello and Acque Minerali, as well as the slower technical corners of Piratella and Variante Alta. Overtaking is difficult, so strategy and pit stops take on extra importance.

This year’s race is stop #7 of the 2024 season. Defending world champion Max Verstappen arrives with Red Bull with a comfortable lead in the constructors’ championship. However, Ferrari and McLaren have shown improved pace and will be looking to challenge Red Bull in Italy. With unpredictable weather often a factor, the Emilia Romagna GP should provide plenty of excitement.

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend will start with practice on Friday, May 17. There will be two practice sessions, FP1 and FP2, each lasting 1 hour. FP1 starts at 07:30 ET, while FP2 starts at 11:00 ET.

Saturday, May 18 will feature FP3 starting at 06:30 ET, followed by qualifying at 10:00 ET. Finally, the race itself will be on Sunday, May 19, with lights out scheduled for 09:00 ET.

The Circuit: Autódromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari

The Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna is held at the Autódromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit, located in Imola, Italy. The track is named after the founders of Ferrari and is one of the classic circuits on the Formula 1 calendar.

Imola is a fast and flowing circuit, with a combination of medium and high speed corners. The track is 4.909 km long and has 19 corners. The two DRS zones provide overtaking opportunities at the Tosa hairpin and along the start/finish straight. Traction in the slower corners is important to maximize speed on the straights.

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Verstappen has been dominant so far this season and we expect him to continue that at Imola. The Red Bull car seems to have handled the track well in recent years and Verstappen’s driving style suits the combination of high-speed and low-speed corners. Barring problems, he is the favorite for the win.

Ferrari seems to have closed the gap to Red Bull and Charles Leclerc has been finishing just behind Verstappen in recent races. The passionate home fans in Italy will push Leclerc for the win, but Verstappen can simply overtake him. A podium is a strong bet for him, either way.

Norris took his first F1 win in the last race in Miami and will have plenty of confidence. The McLaren car seems to suit Imola and Norris’ smooth driving style well. He beat the Ferrari and Max in Miami and could do it again for another podium here.

When:

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Where can I watch it?

ESPN

Betting Odds:

Verstappen, Max 1.20

Norris, Lando 7.50

Perez, Sergio 15.00

Leclerc, Charles 15.00

Sainz Jr, Carlos 26.00

Piastri, Oscar 34.00

Hamilton, Lewis 50.00

Russell, George 50.00

Alonso, Fernando 50.00

Magnussen, Kevin 100.00

Stroll, Lance 100.00

Ocón, Esteban 100.00

Sargeant, Logan 100.00

Albon, Alexander 100.00

Gasly, Pierre 100.00

Ricciardo, Daniel 100.00

Tsunoda, Yuki 100.00

Zhou, Guanyu 100.00

Hulkenberg, Niko 100.00

Bottas, Valtteri 100.00

2024 Emilia Romagna GP Betting Picks

Ferrari has brought some promising improvements in practice and qualifying. But their race pace on Sundays still seems lacking compared to Red Bull. Watch to see if Leclerc can push Verstappen for the full race distance.

On the other hand, Norris’ win in Miami showed McLaren’s progression this season. But they need to string together podiums and consistent points finishes. Fighting with the Ferraris and staying ahead of Mercedes for a whole weekend will be their goal.

This is Fernando Alonso’s best chance to score big points, as the unique Imola circuit suits his driving style. The Aston Martin car has improved and single-lap pace and tire management will be key. Don’t rule out Alonso snatching a podium.

Finally, we can say that our prediction for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP is as follows:

1st Place: Max Verstappen

2nd Place: Lando Norris

3rd Place: Charles Leclerc

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