GP Emilia-Romagna: the track with a dark history returns to Formula 1!

The Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit, which was remembered by the Formula 1 world for its tragic stage in 1994, returns to the championship calendar this coming weekend.

Автодром Энцо и Дино Феррари в наши дни

Amid the pandemic, the Formula 1 championship calendar has undergone total changes. Little is left of the approved calendar at the beginning of the season. The color of this season is 3 Italian tracks – Monza, Fiorano and the Autodromo named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari. We’ll talk about the latter in this article.

Autodrome named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari for a long time hosted the stage of GP San Marino, although it was geographically located in Italy. The fact was that at the time of the debut in the Formula 1 championship, the calendar already had a stage of the Italian GP, ​​and the circuit had to be assigned the name of the nearby country, which became the Republic of San Marino.

Победа Михаэля Шумахера на ГП Сан-Марино (2006-й год)

The circuit made its debut in the championship calendar in 1980. The first driver to win on the track was Brazilian Nelson Piquet. During the years of the stage, Michael Schumacher became the leader in terms of the number of victories, on account of whom 6 victories. Of the current Formula 1 pilots, few people caught the track, except that Kimi Raikkonen spent 6 stages on this track, for the rest will debut.


Formula 1 fans remembered the track in Imola because of the tragic stage in 1994, which took the lives of pilots Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger. Many have called this stage “Black Weekend”. Ayrton Senna at that time was the most popular driver of Formula 1. Everyone appreciated his talent and unsurpassed aerobatics on the track. The Brazilian had significant Formula 1 achievements in his bosom: 3 championship titles and 41 victories. 1994 was marked by Senna’s transfer to the Williams team, which at that time was the best in the championship. But the transition to a new team for the Brazilian did not go smoothly due to a change in technical regulations. The team’s new car turned out to be unstable, causing problems for the titled rider.

Авария Рубенса Баррикелло (ГП Сан-Марино, 1994-й год)

The Imola leg kicked off with a serious accident by Rubens Barrichello in Friday’s qualifier. The Brazilian escaped with injuries and was taken to the hospital. Tragedy struck in Saturday’s qualification. Austrian Roland Ratzenberger had a terrible accident at a speed of 315 km / h, and later the pilot died in the hospital.

Трагическая авария Роланда Ратценбергера (ГП Сан-Марино, 1994-й год)

Ayrton Senna was shocked by the death of his Austrian colleague. The Brazilian was very worried about this and lost concentration. In the race, Senna started from pole position. He was aimed only at victory, in order to dedicate it to the deceased Ratzenberger. The race began with an accident on the grid. A safety car drove onto the track, followed by the pilots for several laps. Ayrton Senna retained the lead after the restart, but then suddenly hit a wall at 211 km / h at the Tamburello corner. The race was immediately stopped by red flags. The pilot was taken by helicopter to the hospital, where he died without regaining consciousness. The death of Ayrton Senna shocked the world so much that it divided the development of safety measures on the highways before and after the death.

Трагическая авария Айртона Сенны (ГП Сан-Марино, 1994-й год)

After the “black weekend” in Formula 1, safety rules for pilots were tightened, and various protective elements on the car began to be developed. Also, the tracks have undergone modernization to exclude the most dangerous accidents.

Circuit named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari has changed its configuration. The Tamburello’s turn slowed down. Further stages on this route passed without serious incidents. Michael Schumacher increased his statistics on the number of victories. In 2006, he passed the last Formula 1 stage at the track in Imola, because it’s time to give way to more advanced and newer tracks.

The pandemic has made adjustments to the Formula 1 championship calendar. Many tracks, including the Autodromo named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari, are rather the exception. The return of such tracks in the future is unlikely. Therefore, the uniqueness of the future stage, which will be named this time the GP of Emilia-Romagna, acquires its uniqueness.