The Formula 1 2021 campaign continues its course with the second Grand Prix Race of the year at Emilia Romagna. Following an impressive first race of the year in which Lewis Hamilton started off strongly, drivers will be back in action as the championship starts to advance.
The Bahrain Grand Prix was a magnificent way to begin the new championship, as the reigning champion clinched the win after dramatic final laps. A very entertaining, breathtaking race exceeded expectations as Max Verstappen and Hamilton fought for the first place until the very end.
The British driver has begun the journey towards his fifth succesive title with the right foot, giving a glimpse of what we can expect for the rest of the year. Despite the Dutch did a great weekend in Bahrain, the Mercedes' pilot took the victory away from him and proved that he won't make things easy for any of his rivals.
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Starting grid
After a thrilling qualifying session for the first race weekend of the 2021 F1 marathon this year, Red Bull's Max Verstappen took the poll, but Lewis Hamilton returns to his throne atop the F1 grid for Saturday's race.
Among the others, Max Verstappen of Red Bull finished third behind his teammate Sergio Perez. In fourth is Charles Leclerc of Ferrari. Take a look at Sunday's starting grid:
1. Lewis Hamilton (Hamilton)
2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
5. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
6. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
7. Lando Norris (McLaren)
8. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
10. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
11. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
12. George Russell (Williams)
13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
14. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
15. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
16. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
17. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
18. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
19. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)
20. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Date
The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Race will take place on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. It will have 63 laps in a circuit with 4.959 kilometres.
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Time by State in the US
ET: 9 AM
CT: 8 AM
MT: 7 AM
PT: 6 AM
TV Channel in the US to watch 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
The second race of the Formula One World Championship 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix will be broadcasted in the United States by ESPN.
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Storylines
Three weeks after the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, drivers return to action at Imola for the second event of the Formula 1 2021, which will have 21 more races throughout the year. The reigning champion Lewis Hamilton has already started off winning the first challenge after entertaining final laps competing with Max Verstappen for the first spot.
Mercedes are once again expected to be dominating the standings, both the drivers table with their main superstar Hamilton and the constructors' as well, in which they finished atop in the last seven years. With Ferrari failing to be a strong contender in the last seasons, Red Bull are set to step up to finish Mercedes' kingdom. However, Bahrain's race proved how hard it will be.
Last year, the German team finished the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in great fashion clinching the first and second place. Mercedes also did great in the first practices ahead of Sunday's race with Valteri Bottas finishing first and Hamilton second. On the other hand, Red Bull's Verstappen and Checo Perez struggled and need to improve their pace in the qualifying. AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly was the surprise, as he finished FP2 third.
2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Predictions And Odds
Oddsmakers have made their predictions for Sunday's race at Imola, and Max Verstappen is seen as favorite over the Mercedes duo. FanDuel has given odds of +120 to Max Verstappen, while a Lewis Hamilton victory would result in a +130 payout, and Valteri Bottas has odds of +550.
* Odds via FanDuel.