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F1 Italy 2021 Grand Prix Preview

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The 16th-18th of April 2021, sees us return for the second race weekend of the season for the F1 Italy 2021 Grand Prix, from the Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell’emilia Romagna.

Following on from the Bahrain opening race where we saw the underperforming Mercedes of Hamilton hold out Verstappen in a nail-biting final few laps for an impressive win.

F1 Italy 2021 Grand Prix Track Details

Imola (or the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari as it’s been known since 1988) had it’s first foundational stone laid in March 1950. It was ready for testing by October 1952, while racing began at the circuit in 1953

Imola first hosted a non-championship F1 race in 1963, but it wasn’t until 1980 before the track was awarded the honour of hosting the Italian Grand Prix for the first time that year.

From 1981, the two tracks worked together in perfect harmony, with Imola taking on its famous ‘San Marino’ title, and going on to host a total of 27 Grands Prix up until 2006. It returned as venue for the Emilia Romagna GP in 2020.

Number of Laps – 63

Circuit Length – 4.909km

Race Distance – 309.049 km

Lap Record – 1:15.484 Lewis Hamilton (2020)

2020 Recap

IMOLA, ITALY – NOVEMBER 01: Second placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP, race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and third placed Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on November 01, 2020 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Luca Bruno – Pool/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton spearheaded Mercedes claiming their record seventh consecutive constructors’ title at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, leading home teammate Valtteri Bottas and a delighted Daniel Ricciardo, but there was late-race drama as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen retired from P2 after appearing to suffer a tire issue, bringing out a Safety Car that led to a climactic race ending.

With 12 laps to go, Verstappen’s retirement at Villeneuve led to a full Safety Car, setting up a breathless final few laps of the race, which ultimately saw Hamilton hold on to win out from Bottas, while Ricciardo secured his second podium of the season for Renault after holding off a late charge from AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat, who finished a brilliant fourth place.

F1 Italy 2021 Grand Prix Prediction

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 28: Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

So, let’s not waste anymore time my prediction for the F1 Italy 2021 Grand Prix, in all honestly doesn’t look to much different from Bahrain on the podium, I believe even with the distinct difference in speed between the Mercedes and Red bull that Lewis Hamilton will still challenge for the top spot but this time around Max Verstappen, will have too much for Hamilton and win with a substantial lead.

The rest of the grid is where I think things will get interesting, the McLaren team showed in Bahrain that Norris and Ricciardo will be a podium threat for the big boys in 2021, and I predict that Ricciardo will once again take P3 holding out Bottas and Norris.

From P5 to P10 will be open with Alpine and Aston Martin being far more competitive, throwing Ferrari in a three way battle for P5 between Alonso and Vettel would be a throwback all F1 fans will surely relish with Le Clerc and Sainz pushing all the way to the end.

With the Alpha Tauri looking to force their way into the top 10, the back of the grid will once again be a battle between Alfa Romeo, Williams and Haas.

Russell will be looking to rise his stock with a good performance, and I would like to see Mick Schumacher challenge the rest of the grid for position a P15 and the opportunity to overtake would be a successful weekend for Schumacher with the unknown commodity of the Haas he has underneath him.

I’m not expecting much from Giovinazzi and Latifi if I’m honest with both drivers likely to be replaced for 2022 with the talent available, I would like to see Mazipin finish the race or at the very least run a mistake free race.

Winner of the F1 Italy 2021 Grand Prix – Verstappen

So, there you have it, my prediction for the F1 Italy 2021 Grand Prix.

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