F1 Emilia Romagna 2022 GP Preview

In the fourth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, Imola is the next destination. The first of three sprint races of the season will also be held this weekend.

With the sprint race this weekend, it has potential to shake up the race starting order, as it did at Monza last year with McLaren, and as it did when Lewis Hamilton made his rise through the field in Brazil last year. Both events changed the respective races.

Speaking of McLaren, with their improvement in Melbourne last time out, they will certainly be looking for another good points finish to keep themselves in a good spot for the constructors championship. Considering both Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris have taken podiums there in the last two F1 visits, could it be another successful result for the two drivers?

Red Bull is once again a talking point, mostly for their reliability. Max Verstappen has only finished once race out of three so far this season, while Sergio Perez finished two of the three races. For the team that hopes to challenge for the championship once again, this must be resolved. If they do solve their problems, rivals Ferrari might have the fight they expected once again in the championship.

With the possible threat of rain on both Friday and Sunday, it has the potential to throw a spanner in the works of what may be a formality in the dry. Mercedes have not been up to pace, but as has been said before, rain is the great equaliser. Will Mercedes pull off a shock if it does rain? Will certain drivers shine during a possible wet race? Will Ferrari have their pace advantage nullified?

There are a lot of questions to be raised this weekend, with the uncertainty of teams performance, what the weather will be doing. But it has the elements to be a fantastic weekend of racing.

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