START your engines because Formula 1 is back with another thrilling race at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix – and it’s not to be missed.
Ferrari superstar Charles Leclerc finds himself at the top of the standings after winning two of the first three races.
Nemesis Max Verstappen was forced to retire for the second time this campaign.
As for Lewis Hamilton, his season got off to a bad start when he failed to secure a podium finish at the Australian Grand Prix earlier this month.
However, the seven-time Formula 1 championship winner will be eager to return to his phenomenal form at one of the most prestigious circuits on the calendar this weekend.
When is the 2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix?
The big event takes place throughout the weekend of From Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24.
Imola in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, is the designated course for the highly anticipated race which hopes to attract 80,000 unrestricted fans.
Emilia-Romagna will have just two practice sessions as the Sprint format returns ahead of Sunday’s big race.
The weekend departure times are as follows:
friday april 22
- First workout – 12:30 p.m.
- Qualifying – 4 p.m.
Saturday April 23
- Practice 2 – 11:30 a.m.
- Sprint – 3:30 p.m.
sunday april 24
What TV channel is the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix broadcast on and can I stream it live?
EVERYTHING the action will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 throughout the weekend.
Sprint coverage will start from 2.30pm UK time while Sunday’s preparation for the main event is expected to begin 12.30pm UK time.
And Channel Four will broadcast the highlights of the evening.
Subscribed members have the option to live stream all the coverage via the Sky Sports website or the Sky Go app on any device.
A Sky Sports day pass from Now TV is also available to purchase for those without Sky access.
What is the sprint and how does it change things?
The Sprint is a shortened race around a third of the edge distance which sets the grid for Sunday’s final race.
It was introduced to the calendar last season (Silverstone, Monza, Interlagos) and added to the excitement of every event.
However, there is a slight change this time around as the top eight drivers in the sprint will score eight to one in corresponding order.
Unlike 2021 where only the top three were able to score points on the board.
They will form their slots on the grid in the positions where regular point scoring will apply.
Driver / Team / Points
- Charles Leclerc / Ferrari / 71
- George Russell / Mercedes / 37
- Carlos Sainz/Ferrari/33
- Sergio Perez / Red Bull Racing / 30
- Lewis Hamilton/Mercedes/28
- Max Verstappen / Red Bull Racing / 25
- Esteban Ocon / Alpine / 20
- Lando Norris / McLaren / 16
- Kevin Magnussen/Haas/12
- Valtteri Bottas / Alfa Romeo / 12
- Daniel Ricciardo/McLaren/8
- Pierre Gasly / Alphatauri / 6
- Yuki Tsounda / Alphatauri / 4
- Fernando Alonso / Alpine / 2
- Zhou Guanyu / Alfa Romeo / 1
- Alexander Albon / Williams / 1
- Mick Schumacher / Haas / 0
- Lance Stroll / Aston Martin / 0
- Nicolas Latifi / Williams / 0
- Nico Hulkenberg / Aston Martin / 0
- Sebastien Vettel / Aston Martin / 0
What was said?
After his poor start to the 2022 campaign, Mercedes icon Lewis Hamilton demanded his team needed a huge response if they wanted him to secure an eighth championship.
Hamilton said: “I’ll be on Zoom calls with our bosses and really trying to get them on board,” Hamilton said.
“We have improvements to make and we need everyone’s support to achieve this.
“It’s about making sure we leave no stone unturned, the hunger is there and we’re maximizing every moment.
“I’ll chase people down in the wind tunnel, the aero guys, and I’ll look at every area.”
As for Charles Leclerc, the Monegasque driver is enthusiastic about the challenge that awaits him and hopes to capitalize on his 34-point lead.
Leclerc said: “Obviously we only had the third race so it’s hard to think about the Championship but to be honest we have a very solid car, a reliable car too.
“We’ve always been there so hopefully it continues like this and if it does we probably have a chance for the championship which obviously makes me smile.
“It’s great to be back in this position.”