F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - FP1 as it happened

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - FP1 as it happened

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2022 - 13:44

Follow the F1 action from Imola as Friday practice takes place in rainy conditions. 

Formula 1 will race at Imola for a third consecutive year having not featured on the calendar since 2006 before that.

The iconic Italian venue threw up a fantastic event in 2021 which saw Max Verstappen win the race in tricky conditions, while Lewis Hamilton recovered from an off-track excursion to finish second.

Ferrari heads into this weekend’s Emila Romagna Grand Prix as the team to beat with Charles Leclerc 34 points clear of Mercedes’ George Russell in the drivers’ championship.

Hamilton and Verstappen have endured tricky starts to the year, with the latter retiring from two of the opening three grands prix.

In terms of the midfield, Alpine appears to have stolen a march with Haas, Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri and McLaren just behind.

Williams scored its first point of the season last time out in Melbourne, while Aston Martin is still yet to get off the mark.

The Scuderia hasn’t won on home soil since 2019 and will be looking to do so in the first of two Italian races this campaign. 

F1’s sprint qualifying format also makes a return for this weekend’s grand prix.

The format means there will be just one practice session ahead of qualifying, with a 100km sprint taking place on Saturday afternoon which will be used to determine the grid for the main grand prix.

With wet weather expected across the weekend, it could be an exciting first European race of the 2022 F1 season.

Previous F1 Imola (Emilia Romagna / San Marino) winners: 

2021: Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2020: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2007-2019: Not held

2006: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2005: Fernando Alonso (Renault)

2004: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2003: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2002: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

2001: Ralf Schumacher (Williams)

2000: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

Most F1 Imola wins:

Michael Schumacher: 7 wins (1994, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006)

Alain Prost: 3 wins (1984, 1986, 1993)

Ayrton Senna: 3 wins (1988, 1989, 1991)

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March 18-20 - Round 1

Bahrain Grand Prix

March 25-27 - Round 2

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

April 8-10 - Round 3

Australian Grand Prix

April 22-24 - Round 4

Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix

May 6-8 - Round 5

Miami Grand Prix

May 20-22 - Round 6

Spanish Grand Prix

May 27-29 - Round 7

Monaco Grand Prix

June 10-12 - Round 8

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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British Grand Prix

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Austrian Grand Prix

July 22-24 - Round 12

French Grand Prix

July 27-29 - Round 13

Hungarian Grand Prix

August 26-28 - Round 14

Belgian Grand Prix

September 2-4 - Round 15

Dutch Grand Prix

September 9-11 - Round 16

Italian Grand Prix

September 30-October 2 - Round 17

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October 7-9 - Round 18

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We will be back at 4pm BST for qualifying at Imola. Rain is expected.


Charles Leclerc finished over 0.8s clear of Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz to set the pace in a wet opening practice

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Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari F1-75. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 4, Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola, Italy,

Chequered flag out - Leclerc on top ahead of Sainz and Verstappen.


The session is back underway after the red flag.


Norris has managed to get going again.


Red Flag - Norris has beached his McLaren.


Leclerc takes to the top with a 1m29.402s, 0.877s ahead of Sainz. Verstappen is 2.0s off in third.


Sainz finds 1.7s on the inters to extend his advantage over his teammate.


Sainz continues to improve on the inters as track conditions get better. A 1m32.606s for the Spaniard.


Sainz takes to the top on the inters, 1.7s ahead of Perez. 


The inters look like they're the tyres to be on as Norris moves up to second.


Vettel is circulating on the intermediates and they seem to be working. He's now up to fourth in the Aston Martin.


The order with 30 minutes to go: Perez, Leclerc, Sainz, Verstappen, Vettel, Gasly, Magnussen, Tsunoda, Alonso and Ricciardo.


A second spin for Leclerc in the middle part of the lap - no damage done.


Sainz moves up to second, a tenth off his teammate.


The F1 championship leader takes to the top with a 1m35.629s - Leclerc ahead of Verstappen.


Current top 10: Verstappen, Perez, Leclerc, Magnussen, Bottas, Sainz, Alonso, Schumacher, Gasly and Norris.


Verstappen goes to the top with a 1m37.247s, 0.5s ahead of Leclerc. Bottas is third, 0.7s off.


Leclerc takes to the top with a 1m39.235s, 0.3s ahead of Verstappen.


Latifi is the latest driver to make a mistake, taking to the gravel trap.