All the dates & times you need to know for the 2021 Imola GP

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We've finally touched down in Italy for the Emilia Romagna GP weekend!

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Here are all the dates and times you'll need to know, along with how to tune into the Imola Grand Prix practice, qualifying and race sessions.

Latest - How to watch the Imola GP

You’ll be able to watch the Emilia Romagna GP, along with every other race, qualifying and practise sessions of the 2021 season on Sky Sports F1, which costs £18 per month on Sky TV, or £43 per month if you are new to Sky.

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You can also watch using Now TV, which offers Sky Sports Day Passes for £9.98, or monthly passes for £33.99.

Sky Sports Emilia Romagna Schedule

  • Practice 1 - From 9:30am on Friday, 16 April (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Practice 2 - From 1:15pm on Friday, 16 April (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Practice 3 - From 9:45am on Saturday, 17 April (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Qualifying - From 12pm on Saturday, 17 April (Sky Sports F1 HD)
  • Grand Prix Sunday - From 12:30pm (Race from 2pm) on Sunday, 18 April (Sky Sports F1 HD)

All times UK.

Extended highlights of the Emilia Romagna GP will also be available on Channel 4.

Channel 4 Emilia Romagna Schedule

  • Qualifying Highlights - 6:30pm-8pm on Saturday, 17 April
  • Grand Prix Highlights - 8:30pm-11pm on Sunday, 18 April

All times UK.

In the USA, it's ESPN that will be providing comprehensive coverage of the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

ESPN Emilia Romagna Schedule

  • Practice 1 - Friday, 16 April - From 5:55am (ESPN 2)
  • Practice 2 - Friday, 16 April - From 8:25am (ESPN U)
  • Practice 3 - Saturday, 17 April - From 5:55am (ESPN 2)
  • Qualifying - Saturday, 17 April - From 7:55am (ESPN 2)
  • Grand Prix Sunday - Sunday, 18 April - From 8:55am (race at 9am) (ESPN)

All times Eastern.

We will update this schedule with exact TV timings once they are released.

Fans situated in the USA can also watch live F1 on YouTube TV, Sling TV and FuboTV.

New Imola Weekend Timetable

Practice 1 - Friday, 16 April - 5am-6am ET / 10am-11am BST / 11am-12pm CET


Practice 2 - Friday, 16 April - 8:30am-9:30am / 1:30pm-2:30pm BST / 2:30pm-3:30pm CET

Practice 3 - Saturday, 17 April - 5am-6am ET / 10am-11am BST / 11am-12pm CET

Qualifying - Saturday, 17 April - 8am-9am / 1pm-2pm BST / 2pm-3pm CET

Race - Sunday, 18 April - 9am-11am ET / 2pm-4pm BST / 3pm-5pm CET

Further details on the Emilia Romagna GP schedule changes

Formula 1 has confirmed it will respect the funeral of Prince Philip by altering its schedule for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral is to be held at St George's Chapel, Windsor, at 3pm BST on Saturday, 17 April.

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Qualifying for the Emilia Romagna race was due to conclude at 3pm BST, but to avoid being on track during the service, F1 has decided the session will now move to 1-2pm BST.

Final practice will also be moved back one hour and will run from 10am-11am BST in order to comply with the regulations that state qualifying must be 120 minutes after FP3.

On Friday FP2 will move to 1.30-2.30pm BST and FP1 to 10am-11am BST due to the rules requiring minimum times in between those sessions.

There will be a minute's silence ahead of qualifying as an opportunity for people to show their respects.

The Grand Prix itself will still take place on Sunday, 18 April at 9am ET / 2pm BST / 3pm CET.

F1 Standings

Following the first race of the season, we've got our first look at the World Championship standings.


Formula 1 World Drivers' Championship standings

Pos. Driver Nat. Constructor Pts
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes25
2Max VerstappenNEDRed Bull18
3Valtteri BottasFINMercedes16
4Lando NorrisGBTMcLaren12
5Sergio PerezMEXRed Bull10
6Charles LeclercMONFerrari8
7Daniel RicciardoAUSMcLaren6
8Carlos Sainz JrESPFerrari4
9Yuki TsunodaJAPAlphaTauri2
10Lance StrollCANAston Martin1

Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi (both Alfa Romeo), Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon (both Alpine), George Russell, Niholas Latifi (both Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), Nikita Mazepin Mick Schumacher (both Haas) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) are yet to score points.

Formula 1 World Constructors' Championship standings

Pos. Constructor Pts
2Red Bull28
6Aston Martin1

Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Williams and Haas are yet to score points.

What is the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix?

The Emilia Romagna GP is the second F1 race of the season, located in Imola, Italy.

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Imola returned to the F1 calendar amid the Covid-19 disruptions of 2020, but it's back again in for 2021.


The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will take place over 63 laps of the 4.959-kilometre Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, former home of the San Marino GP.

Check out the full weekend schedule, including details of practice and qualifying sessions, support races and press conferences here.

Imola GP Circuit Guide

Here's what you can expect from the Imola GP circuit.

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OLD-SCHOOL CIRCUIT: The anti-clockwise circuit is very fast, as the drivers put it on the line in iconic corners like the Acque Minerali

Number of Laps: 63


Circuit Lenght: 4.909km

Race Distance: 309.049 km

Lap Record: 1:15.484 Lewis Hamilton (2020)

2021 F1 Calendar

Coronavirus-related disruption means that like in 2020, we’ll see cars whizzing around tracks that don’t usually appear on the calendar.

These include Australia, USA, Brazil, and perhaps most notably, Monaco.

28 March: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
18 April: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy
2 May: Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimao
9 May: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
23 May: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
6 June: Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku
13 June: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal
27 June: French Grand Prix, Le Castellet
2 July: Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg
18 July: British Grand Prix, Silverstone
1 August: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest
29 August: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
5 September: Dutch Grand Prix, Zandvoort
12 September: Italian Grand Prix, Monza
26 September: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi
3 October: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay
10 October: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
24 October: United States Grand Prix, Austin
31 October: Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City
7 November: Brazilian Grand Prix, São Paulo
21 November: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
5 December: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Jeddah
12 December: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, UAE


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