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F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - FP2 as it happened

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - FP2 as it happened

Last Updated: 23 Apr 2022 - 12:42

Follow F1 practice ahead of the sprint at Imola with Crash.net's live blog.

F1 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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Full 2022 F1 calendar

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

June 17-19 - Round 9

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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

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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

Singapore Grand Prix

October 7-9 - Round 18

Japanese Grand Prix

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October 28-30 - Round 20 

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12:42

We will be back for the sprint at 1530 UK Time!

12:37

Top 10: Russell, Perez, Leclerc, Hamilton, Alonso, Sainz, Verstappen, Tsunoda, Gasly and Zhou.

12:30

Chequered flag out for FP2 -  Russell ahead of Perez and Leclerc.

12:23

Current top 10: Russell, Perez, Leclerc, Hamilton, Alonso, Sainz, Verstappen, Tsunoda, Zhou and Albon.

12:17

Leclerc moves up to second on the softs, 0.2s off Russell.

12:10

Still no times from either Ricciardo or Bottas.

12:05
12:05

Current top 10: Russell, Perez, Hamilton, Verstappen, Tsunoda, Albon, Gasly, Zhou, Vettel and Stroll.

12:02
12:01

Russell goes quickest for Mercedes, 0.3s ahead of Perez.

11:56

Problems for Norris as well: "We're investigating a brake system issue on Lando's car which will require some time in the garage. We're aiming to get back out before the end of the session."

11:53

Reports that Bottas' issue is a continuation from yesterday. An exhaust problem.

11:52

Sainz is out there in the Ferrari after his shunt in Q2 yesterday.

11:50

Hamilton moves up to second in the Mercedes, a couple of tenths shy of Perez. Much more encouraging.

11:49
11:45

Current top 10: Perez, Verstappen, Albon, Gasly, Tsunoda, Hamilton, Leclerc, Russell, Zhou and Norris.

11:43

Perez now goes quickest with a 1m19.815s, 0.7s ahead of Albon. Verstappen 0.8s off in third.

11:36

Norris takes to the top with a 1m23.821s ahead of Zhou by 1.005s.

11:34

Ricciardo and Bottas won't be going anywhere anytime soon with both of their cars being worked on.

11:32

Schumacher, Zhou, Russell, Vettel and Hamilton are also out on the track. Verstappen also takes to the track.

11:30

Stroll takes to the track on the mediums. Finally, some proper dry running!

11:30

FP2 is now underway at Imola. Conditions are dry.

11:25
11:24

Second practice gets underway at 1130 UK time with the sprint taking place this afternoon (1530 UK time).

11:16

Hello and welcome back to Crash.net's live coverage for second practice at Imola.