Imola Speed Trap: Who is the fastest of them all?

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Imola Speed Trap: Who is the fastest of them all?

Formula 1's return to Imola after a 14-year absence was unanimously saluted by drivers on Saturday, with the field embracing the fast, old-school scenic layout of the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

Over the years, the medium downforce 4.95km circuit, which offers a mixture of slow and medium-speed corners, has been remodeled several times.

But the anti-clockwise track has retained its fast-flowing nature and its famous corners at Piratella, Acque Minerali and Rivazza.

While maximum velocity at Imola is a secondary criterion relative to balance and traction, top speed will come into play on the main straight to lend a helping hand - along with DRS - to drivers seeking to put one over on a rival.

It's usually rare for the driver on pole to top the speed trap readings, but Valtteri Bottas did just that on Saturday in qualifying, the Finn clocking in at 299.5km/h, one of the lowest maximum speed readings of the season.

Lewis Hamilton, who will line up alongside his Mercedes teammate on Sunday's grid, was just 1.8 km/h slower than Bottas.

But Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who was third in qualifying, might be hard-pressed to keep up with the Black Arrows this afternoon. The RB16 is a force to be reckoned with in the corners but loses out in terms of maximum speed relative to its rivals.

Mercedes' chargers and Verstappen will start on Pirelli's medium tyre, but the lack of long-running on Saturday and tyre data due to the weekend's compressed format could lead to different in-race tactics, depending on either team opting for a one or two-stop strategy.

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Grosjean has 'some good contacts' with IndyCar teams for 2021

Romain Grosjean says IndyCar is on option for 2021, the ousted Haas driver having recently made several "good... The post Grosjean has 'some good contacts' with IndyCar teams for 2021 appeared first on F1i.com.

Grosjean has 'some good contacts' with IndyCar teams for 2021

Romain Grosjean says IndyCar is on option for 2021, the ousted Haas driver having recently made several "good contacts" with teams in the US.

Grosjean will depart Haas at the end of this year after five seasons with the US outfit. But the Frenchman's exit will likely also equate to a permanent departure from F1, leaving the 34-year-old to mull his next step in motorsport.

In the past, Grosjean has been reluctant to consider a stint in IndyCar because of the dangers associated with oval racing. But next year, the series' schedule will include just four oval races, and that has sparked Grosjean's interest.

"It is an option," he said. "And if I'm brutally honest, I haven't been sleeping very well for the last two weeks.

"It's a tough year for the world, for the economy, so it's not a good year to be out of contract, and out of the sport that you are in.

"So yes, I've been looking at IndyCar. I've had some contacts and some good ones. And I kind of regret I didn't check the calendar earlier, that there were only two speedways and one short track in terms of ovals. But it's not over. And it's something that I would consider."

Grosjean said he had touched base in the past with former F1 rival Marcus Ericsson, who made the switch to IndyCar in 2019, to hear what the Swede had to say about his experience in the US.

"Obviously it is a big change in life, but I spoke with Marcus Ericsson when he went there, and he really liked it," he explained. "He says it's different, but the drivers get a big role to play in the car.

"Yes, there are teams better than others, but everyone has got a chance to win the race, and, you know, a day like today, where I think Kevin [Magnussen] and myself, we did bloody good quality laps and we're 16th and 17th.

"It's hard to swallow, and probably now I want to win races and have a chance and win races where I can have fun. So, IndyCar is on the menu."

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