Imola Paddok Diary: Vettel leads the driver F1 ‘Senna Tribute

Italy, Imora -Formula -1 will return to Imora this weekend, which has led to the abolition of 2023 events for one year after a serious flood.

The northern Italy’s sleepy city is the world, except for Miami’s hard -crued stadium, which has begun a large -scale celebration of his first victory F1 two weeks ago. The contrast between these two venues perfectly sums up the extremes of modern F1. The sport continues to break new ground in the United States, while maintaining an increasingly loose foothold in the heartland of Europe.

Located at the foot of the Apennine Mountains, just south of the vast and fertile plains of the Po Valley, the town of Imola can trace its roots back to 82 BC. and the Roman colony of Cornelly Forum – one of the many trading posts along the straight, arrow-like Via Emilia that connects Piacenza in the west with Rimini on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Since 1953 AD, the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari has surrounded the park just south of the center of Imola and remains an important feature of the city. This is a circuit steeped in motorsport history, some glorious, some tragic, and the links to F1’s past eras are almost palpable. Memories of the venue’s most infamous race weekend – the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix – are more common than ever this year as Formula 1 respectfully marks the 30th anniversary of the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna at Imola. The legacy of Senna – a three-time world champion and one of the sport’s most notable historical figures – seems to grow stronger every year, and at Thursday’s media day, all the drivers came together to pay their respects. –
On Thursday night, the persistent rain stopped and members of the paddock gathered on the pit straight at Imola to pay their respects to Senna and Ratzenberger.

The Senna Foundation worked with four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to organize the track run of the three-mile circuit. Anyone who wants to participate in the paddock can participate. The F1, F2 and F3 drivers all aligned themselves for a photo alongside the Senna and Ratzenberger helmets at the front of the grid, before Vettel, which recently launched Senna merchandise articles to collect funds for the Foundation , led a few hundred people to run it.

The pack stopped in Tamburello, the corner where the fatal accident of Senna occurred on May 1, 1994, the drivers filtering to the public park in the inner field where a monument is located to the Brazilian driver. As the rest of the group set off again, heavy rain poured down on the course, soaking those who continued the laps.

As a further tribute, Vettel will demonstrate in one of the McLaren MP4/8s driven by Senna during the 1993 season. The car is owned by Vettel, uses carbon-neutral fuel and occasionally takes it to public events.

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