Emilia Romagna GP Preview: Hamilton and Verstappen look set to battle again

LEWIS Hamilton and Max Verstappen are set to duel around the historic venue of Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

In the season opener three weeks ago, the pair duelled until the final lap with Hamilton winning an exhilarating race.

Verstappen and the Red Bull team have shown that they have the fastest car on the grid. But superior strategy from the Mercedes crew and resolute defending from Hamilton ensured he left Bahrain with 25 points.

Imola is sure to favour Red Bull due to their high rake angle and the circuit being downforce heavy. Red Bull will try to capitalise with both cars as Sergio Perez looks to accompany Verstappen on the podium with his new team.   

Further down the grid, the cooler conditions expected on race day will favour AlphaTauri in their home race. Their high rake car will aim to be best of the rest come Sunday.

Williams will also aim for a better race weekend. Their car will favour the heavy downforce and less windy conditions, potentially threatening to score their first points since Germany 2019.

Sundayโ€™s race may see some rain showers; However, forecasts show that rain will come earlier in the day.

Race times (GMT)

Friday

FP1 โ€“ 10:00-11:00

FP2 โ€“ 13:30-14:30

Saturday

FP3 โ€“ 10:00-11:00

Qualifying 13:00-14:000

Sunday

Race โ€“ 14:00-16:00

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