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#1 Nemo1965

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:16

Imola, the autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari... We old geezers know it as the GP of San Marino, out of the times that 'we' were careful not to give the same countries too many races. The site of some extra-ordinary events in the past. Was there ever a GP before that was canceled because of torrential rain?

The last F1-track where two drivers died in one weekend: Ayrton Senna and Ronald Ratzenberger. The track that ultimately led to the death of perhaps the most legendary F1-driver, Gilles Villeneuve. Who doesn't remember how Gilles felt betrayed by his teammate Didier Pironi, because the latter overtook him on track, while Gilles swore to know they had agreed not to?

Many around them tried to calm Gilles down, including Jacky Stewart on the podium. But Gilles was so incensed that two weeks later he took a risk during qualifying at Zolder that even he couldn't handle and after a collision with Jochen Mass perished in a horrible crash. Later that year 'sure-champion-to-be' Didier Pironi took comparable unnecessary risks in the rain at Hockenheim and crashed heavily, ruining his chances and his F1-career (and later died in a powerboat accident, leaving behind his wife and unborn twins, who were called Gilles and Didier...)

2021 was the race where Verstappen and Hamilton proved what happens when two unmovable forces clash. We haven't seen that scoundrel-like Verstappen the past two years, more an Alain Prost-like machine who, even when he does not start from pole-position but somewhere in the mid-field, manages to stay out of trouble. But perhaps when the McLaren-boys are as good in Imola as they were last time round, Mad Max will emerge again? Or has he, just like Jody Scheckter, Niki Lauda in their days, learned that you don't have to be the fastest all the time but mostly the smartest?

For the people who only watch F1 (like me, with the finger on the fast-forward button for when celebrities or other non-racing people are interviewed), the limited schedule:

19 May


Race 15:00
18 May
Qualifying
16:00 - 17:00

18 May


Practice 3
12:30 - 13:30

17 May


Practice 2
17:00 - 18:00

17 May


Practice 1
13:30 - 14:30


And for the people who want to watch everything


FRIDAY 17th MAY
FIA Formula 3 Practice Session 09:55 - 10:40

FIA Formula 2 Practice Session 11:05 - 11:50
FIA F1 Car Presentation 12:00 - 13:00
Paddock Club Paddock Club Track Tour 12:00 - 13:00
Paddock Club Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:00 - 13:00
FORMULA 1 FIRST PRACTICE SESSION 13:30 - 14:30
Formula 1 Historic Car Demonstration 14:40 - 15:00
FIA Formula 3 Qualifying Session 15:05 - 15:35
Formula 1 Teams' Press Conference 15:30 - 16:30
FIA Formula 2 Qualifying Session 16:00 - 16:30
FORMULA 1 SECOND PRACTICE SESSION 17:00 - 18:00
FIA Formula 3 Press Conference 18:10 - 18:40
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice Session 18:30 - 19:15
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference 18:45 - 19:15

Paddock Club Paddock Club Track Tour 15:10 - 15:40
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference 15:25 - 15:45
FORMULA 1 QUALIFYING SESSION 16:00 - 17:00
Formula 1 Press Conference 17:00 - 18:00
Formula 1 Historic Car Demonstration 17:15 - 17:35
Paddock Club Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 17:20 - 18:45
Paddock Club Paddock Club Track Tour 17:40 - 18:45

SUNDAY 19th MAY
FIA Formula 3 Feature Race (22 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap) 08:30 - 09:20
FIA Formula 2 Feature Race (35 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap) 10:00 - 11:05
FIA Formula 2 Press Conference 11:25 - 11:55
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (14 Laps or 30 Mins) 11:45 - 12:20
Formula 1 Historic Car Demonstration 12:30 - 12:50
Paddock Club Paddock Club Track Tour 12:55 - 13:40
Paddock Club Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk 12:55 - 13:55
Formula 1 Drivers' Parade 13:00 - 13:30
Formula 1 Senna Historic Car Demonstration 13:40 - 13:55
Formula 1 National Anthem 14:46 - 14:48
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX (63 LAPS OR 120 MINS) 15:00 - 17:00

PS: All the pictures I posted were not allowed... I don't know why.

Edited by Nemo1965, 16 May 2024 - 09:30.


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#2 Risil

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:21

Hooray, Imola!

#3 PayasYouRace

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:23

One of the most beautiful Formula One circuits, ever. It’s always a pleasure to watch them race here.

#4 kumo7

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:30

Wonderful opening! Hoera! I am busy with other commitment, but I am excited!

#5 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:37

What's with the font? Or is it only here?



#6 Okyo

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:41

What's with the font? Or is it only here?

Yeah, something's up with the OP fonts. 



#7 Maustinsj

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:41

Yeah, something's up with the OP fonts. 

 

Good - I thought my eyesight had gone.



#8 KWSN - DSM

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:41

Wife not at the race mean back to regular schedule.

 

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#9 Nemo1965

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 10:53

Yeah, something's up with the OP fonts.


I’m sorry, I don’t know what happened. I edited a mistake on my phone, not behind my pc atm and it all went sour. Mods: feel free edit, I’m on the move now.

Edited by Nemo1965, 14 May 2024 - 10:53.


#10 southernstars

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 11:05

European leg begins which means a whole lotta midnight qualifying - 11pm Sunday races. Better than the stupid am of the Americas.



#11 jonpollak

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 11:34

Are you calling Americans stupid. ?!!

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#12 Risil

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 11:35

No just the intolerable location of North America on the surface of the globe relative to Australia.

#13 jonpollak

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 11:39

Oh sorry, I’ll move along then.
Jp

#14 Ali623

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 11:53

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#15 Yoshi

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 11:57

Hooray, Imola!

 

And no sprint  :clap:  :smoking:



#16 ANF

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 11:59

Can somebody please remove the size=1 tags? :)



#17 SophieB

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:05

Can somebody please remove the size=1 tags? :)

Squint no more!



#18 JimmyClark

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:17

Sunday's weather looks iffy at the moment. I'm in the mood for a wet/dry race. 



#19 monolulu

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:27

It will be my first visit to Imola, really looking forward to it. Rather it were dry as the grandstand isn’t covered!



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#20 Rediscoveryx

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:31

Sunday's weather looks iffy at the moment. I'm in the mood for a wet/dry race.


Assuming they don’t throw the red flag as soon as inters are needed then yes, a wet/dry race would be nice.

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:33

What the hell, now it’s in italics???



#22 Stephane

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:34

Comic Sans MS



#23 jonpollak

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:35

One of the most beautiful Formula One circuits, ever. It’s always a pleasure to watch them race here.

Best flora and food of any race track.

Did I mention the food in Emilia Romagna ?

Only the best in the world !!

 

THIS IS GODS COUNTRY !

 

It will be my first visit to Imola, really looking forward to it. Rather it were dry as the grandstand isn’t covered!

 

Oh I hope you love it.

 

Here are my impressions from a buncha years ago when I went to F1 races

 

Jp



#24 Nemo1965

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:40

What the hell, now it’s in italics???


I’m really, really sorry, my iPad and iPhone are hacked by font-terrorists!

Btw: lovely track, great memories… but I can remember many, many boring races here. Very hard to overtake and in sims I’m have been frustrated by the AI by their ability to fly through Variante Alta and Rivazza.

#25 HerbieMcQueen

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:53

Walked around the circuit last week. What a beautiful place. Looking forward to the weekend.



#26 IrvTheSwerve

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 12:57

I’m really, really sorry, my iPad and iPhone are hacked by font-terrorists!

 

As Nando would say...karma  :lol:

 

Sorry Nemo, haha.

 

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#27 PayasYouRace

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:02

Best flora and food of any race track.
Did I mention the food in Emilia Romagna ?
Only the best in the world !!

THIS IS GODS COUNTRY !


Oh I hope you love it.

Here are my impressions from a buncha years ago when I went to F1 races

Jp


If I could only eat one cuisine for the rest of my life, the choice would be easy.

#28 Astandahl

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:03

Best flora and food of any race track.

Did I mention the food in Emilia Romagna ?

Only the best in the world !!

 

THIS IS GODS COUNTRY !

 

 

Oh I hope you love it.

 

Here are my impressions from a buncha years ago when I went to F1 races

 

Jp

I live near Bologna and yes the food is the best in the world :cool:



#29 JimmyClark

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:27

I'm looking forward to Croft having to yell out the official name in is intro. It seems to get longer every year.

Formula 1 MSC Cruises Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna 2024

#30 RekF1

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:32

This is the worst OP EVER!

#31 TAFormula1

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:36

Hopefully they have some amazing things planned for a tribute for Senna and Ratzenberger.



#32 jonpollak

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:37

Very funny Rek.
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#33 monolulu

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:38

I'm looking forward to Croft having to yell out the official name in is intro. It seems to get longer every year.

Formula 1 MSC Cruises Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna 2024

Apparently Crofty is taking a 3 race break!  Harry Benjamin from radio 5 live instead.


Edited by monolulu, 14 May 2024 - 13:39.


#34 Hinkypunk

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:40

This is the worst OP EVER!

Because of Comic Sans?



#35 PayasYouRace

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:44

Because of Comic Sans?


At least it would be legible if it was in Comic Sans.

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:45

I’m sorry, I don’t know what happened. I edited a mistake on my phone, not behind my pc atm and it all went sour. Mods: feel free edit, I’m on the move now.

 

Don't change it! :D



#37 Hinkypunk

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:47

At least it would be legible if it was in Comic Sans.

 

Isn't? I didn't checked it, but it looked a lot like Comic Sans  :lol:



#38 milestone 11

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:47

I’m sorry, I don’t know what happened. I edited a mistake on my phone, not behind my pc atm and it all went sour. Mods: feel free edit, I’m on the move now.

Nemo, check that the photos weren't saved as webp format. They won't post. Save them as jpeg or png and all is good.



#39 aportinga

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:49

Wife not at the race mean back to regular schedule.

 

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Funny - was down in Florida for 2 weeks and was yelling "rain dance" and "white chocolate" when playing pickleball. Great actor (IMO). 


Edited by aportinga, 14 May 2024 - 13:50.


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#40 aportinga

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 13:53

Best flora and food of any race track.

Did I mention the food in Emilia Romagna ?

Only the best in the world !!

 

THIS IS GODS COUNTRY !

 

 

Oh I hope you love it.

 

Here are my impressions from a buncha years ago when I went to F1 races

 

Jp

 

Tree line and a few other shots remind me of where I watch racing 3-4 times a year.



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Posted 14 May 2024 - 14:46

I'm looking forward to Croft having to yell out the official name in is intro. It seems to get longer every year.

Formula 1 MSC Cruises Gran Premio del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna 2024

No Croft this weekend it’s Benjamin that has to say the name this weekend (did someone forgot Croft is missing this race and two more) Looking forward to this race


Edited by sportyskells, 14 May 2024 - 14:48.


#42 LolaB0860

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 14:52

My 2nd favourite event of the year is here. And now with Barcelona moved to June, it's also the first Euro upgrade package event. While it's still in the calendar that is...

#43 JimmyClark

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 14:58

No Croft this weekend it’s Benjamin that has to say the name this weekend (did someone forgot Croft is missing this race and two more) Looking forward to this race


Well yes I did forget - I knew he was missing some but didn't know or remember which.

Main point I was making was the ridiculous name.

#44 H0R

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 15:01

Holy Mother of Oscar, Comic Sans????



#45 PayasYouRace

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 15:11

Is the OP displaying in different fonts on different devices? Thats definitely NOT Comic Sans on my screen. It’s some sort of fine cursive font like you’d get at a fancy restaurant. What have you done, Nemo?

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 15:12

I live near Bologna and yes the food is the best in the world :cool:

I grew up on Bologna sandwiches.   



#47 Risil

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 15:13

Is the OP displaying in different fonts on different devices? Thats definitely NOT Comic Sans on my screen. It’s some sort of fine cursive font like you’d get at a fancy restaurant. What have you done, Nemo?


This is massively funny

#48 jonpollak

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 15:19

Agree...

The consternation of posters viewing this bizzare font !

It looks different on each of my devices.

Phone, tablet and laptop !!!! :stoned: :stoned: :stoned:

 

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#49 JimmyClark

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 15:19

Is the OP displaying in different fonts on different devices? Thats definitely NOT Comic Sans on my screen. It’s some sort of fine cursive font like you’d get at a fancy restaurant. What have you done, Nemo?

 

I've got comic sans on my PC, and Fine Dining Script on my phone. Weird! 



#50 PayasYouRace

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Posted 14 May 2024 - 15:19

This is massively funny


This is what I’m seeing:

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