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Imola set to punish mistakes more following track changes

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The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari is set to punish driver’s mistake much more than previously after several of its corners have gone through key changes.

The Formula One field is set to return to Imola this weekend for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix which kicks off the European leg of the 2024 F1 season. The return means the first race in Imola since 2022 after last year’s event had to be cancelled because of floods that hit large parts of the region, causing some fatalities and devastation.

The challenging Imola circuit is one of the oldest fixtures on the championship calendar, known for being very technical and therefore highlighting the skills of the drivers. The 19-turn circuit features quite complex combinations of corners and braking zones. The relatively narrow layout incorporates a significant 30-metre elevation change from the highest point to the lowest.

Track limits have been a returning issue in recent years. Simply put, “track limits” refers to the white lines along the edges of an F1 track. With several tracks having extended the asphalt run-off zones in recent years, drivers have been encouraged to use the white lines of the track.

What has been changed for 2024?

It has emerged that Imola has intended to make changes to the run-off zones of the track in order to make The 4.909km track has gone through a few changes for this year. The asphalt run-off has been reduced in the exit of Turn 9 on the right-hand side.

Furthermore, the asphalt run-off has been reduced between Turn 12 and 13 on the left hand-side. The complex of Turns 14 and 15 has been also altered for this year with the asphalt section having been changed to a gravel trap.

Besides the changes to the run-off zones, Imola has also tweaked several kerbs as well. New double kerbs have been installed on the left-hand side in Turns 2, 4, 5, 9 and 19, and on the right-hand side in Turns 3, 6, 11, 12 and on exit of Turn 15.

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