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Imola Track Guide | Sector 1

Updated: Apr 7

Imola, specifically the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, is back on the F1 calendar in 2020. Check out our in-depth guides on how to nail this wonderful track known for its technical, sweeping corners as well as for being the place where F1 lost one of its greatest: Ayrton Senna.


Check out the secrets of Imola's sector two here.


Turn 1

Turn 1 in Imola is only a kink that can be taken flat out easily. However, it is crucial to minimise your steering input here as even the slightest movement can scrub off speed. Make sure you get close to the white line on the left to straighten up the corner as much as possible but do not touch the kerb.


Turn 2: Variante Tamburello



Variante Tamburello is a combination of three corners that replaced a simple, ultra-fast left-hander after Ayrton Senna's fatal crash in 1994.

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As you are approaching the braking zone with a bit of steering angle, make sure to not be all the way on the right as you hit the brake pedal as you will otherwise have to turn under braking. This will reduce your braking performance and might cause you to understeer into the grass.


You can take quite a lot of kerb even in high-downforce cars but make sure that you don't put your wheels on the inside grass.


Turn 3: Variante Tamburello

Staying towards the left out of turn two is critical for a wide, fast entry into turn three; the second turn of Variante Tamburello.


As turn three is wider and therefore requires less steering angle, attack the kerb really aggressively to open up your steering even more.


Focus on your vision and already look towards the apex of turn four as these corners are extremely interdependent.


Turn 4: Variante Tamburello


If you get turn three right and come back a little bit towards the middle of the track, turn four is easily flat in single-seaters including F1. As you rely heavily on aerodynamic grip at this stage, avoid touching the kerb as it will unsettle your car unnecessarily.


Turn 5: Variante Villeneuve


Turn five is extremely fast but not quite flat out due to one reason: you need to sacrifice it slightly for the imminent braking zone of turn six.

Because of this, the goal is to be quite far to the left as you exit turn five. How do you get there? By taking a late, wide entry, hitting the kerb, and immediately refocusing your eyes on the next apex.

Turn 6: Variante Villeneuve


The second part of Variante Villeneuve is a bit awkward to get right as you are changing direction as you need to slow down.

As you are turning left through the previous turn, make sure your steering wheel is as straight as possible as you hit the brake pedal hard.

As you slow down, reduce the brake pressure and trail brake deep into turn six, taking all the kerb available.


Check out the secrets of Imola's sector two here.


Full lap of Imola in Assetto Corsa

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