May 11, 2021

RaceFans Round-up: Unforgiving Imola ‘how tracks should be’

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In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says he enjoys the challenge of more punishing F1 circuits like Imola.

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In brief

Raikkonen relished challenge of Imola

Last weekend’s grand prix saw red flags during qualifying and the race as drivers were caught out by Imola’s tight confines and close barriers. Raikkonen said he relished the challenge presented by Imola.

“It’s a bit unforgiving,” said the Alfa Romeo driver in response to a question from RaceFans, “and I think that’s how the tracks should be and that’s how they used to be.

“That’s why obviously tracks like this you see a bit more red flags and things going wrong. But that’s part of racing.”

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

Lundgaard leads first day of F2 test

Alpine junior driver Christian Lundgaard led the first day of Formula 2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. The ART racer set a best time of 1’29.594 and was also fastest in the afternoon, when the track was slightly slower. Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich was second, followed by Juri Vips for Hitech.

The morning session was disrupted by three red flags. Jehan Daruvala (Carlin) and Oscar Piastri (Prema) both came to a stop, while Gianluca Petecof had a spin in his Campos. Driver errors also stopped the afternoon session twice: Lirim Zendeli (MP) and Roy Nissany (DAMS) each made contact with the barriers.

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