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F1 Imola Grand Prix – Start time, starting grid, how to watch, & more

Max Verstappen will start from pole position after topping qualifying for the Formula 1 Imola Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Oscar Piastri, McLaren MCL38, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB20

For an eighth consecutive Formula 1 grand prix, Verstappen took pole position to equal Ayrton Senna’s all-time record on pole streaks.

The reigning world champion battled back from a tough trio of practice sessions for Red Bull, to grab top spot by 0.074s from McLaren’s Oscar Piastri.

But the Australian driver was given a three-place grid penalty for impeding Kevin Magnussen during Q1.

That promotes Lando Norris to the front row alongside Verstappen, with both Ferraris also up one spot, as Charles Leclerc takes third and Carlos Sainz moves up to fourth.

With Piastri fifth, George Russell put his Mercedes sixth ahead of Yuki Tsunoda’s impressive seventh for RB, who out-qualified Lewis Hamilton in eighth. RB’s Daniel Ricciardo and Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10.

It was a tough qualifying for Fernando Alonso, following a heavy crash in FP3, as he suffered off-track moments in Q1 to drop out in 19th for Aston Martin – only ahead of Logan Sargeant for Williams who had all of his lap times deleted for exceeding track limits.

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

When is the F1 Imola Grand Prix?

Date: Sunday 19 May 2024

Start time: 3pm local time/2pm BST

The seventh round of the 2024 F1 season, the Imola GP, gets underway at 3pm local time on Sunday 19 May.

How can I watch Formula 1?

In the United Kingdom, Formula 1 is broadcast live on Sky Sports, with highlights shown on Channel 4 several hours after the race has finished. Live streaming through NOW is also available in the UK.

Sky Sports F1, which broadcasts the F1 races, can be added as part of the Sky Sports channels which costs £18 a month for new customers. Sky Sports can also be accessed through NOW with a one-off day payment of £11.99p or a month membership of £34.99p per month.

How can I watch the F1 Imola GP?

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports will be live broadcasting the Imola GP.

The race will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, with pre-race coverage starting at 12:30pm BST, ahead of the race start at 2:00pm BST.

• Channels: Sky Sports F1
• Start time: 12:30pm BST, Sunday 19 May 2024

Autosport will be running a live text coverage of the Imola GP here

When can I watch the F1 Imola GP highlights?

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

In the United Kingdom, Channel 4 is broadcasting highlights of the Imola GP at 6:30pm BST on Sunday. The full programme will run for two and a half hours, covering the pre-race, the race highlights and the initial post-race reaction to wrap up the major talking points of the race weekend.

For the entire 2024 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of every qualifying and race of each event. The highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on demand catch-up services.

Channel: Channel 4
Start time: 6:30pm BST, Sunday 19 May 2024

Will the F1 Imola GP be on the radio?

Live radio coverage of every practice, qualifying and race for the 2024 F1 season will be available on the BBC Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra stations, the BBC Sounds app and the via the BBC Sport website.

Live coverage of the Imola GP will start at 4:00pm BST on BBC Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sounds app.

Weather forecast for the F1 Imola GP

Current weather forecasts predict partly sunny and warm conditions in Imola, but with a fair chance of rain and moderate winds. The temperature is expected to be 24 degrees Celsius for the start of the race.

How many laps is the F1 Imola GP?

The race is scheduled to complete 63 laps of the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit, covering a total race distance of 309.049km.

F1 Imola GP starting grid

Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Time km/h
1 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull


2 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes



3 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes



4 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari



5 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari



6 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes



7 Japan Y. Tsunoda RB 22 RB Red Bull



8 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes



9 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 RB Red Bull



10 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari



11 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull



12 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault



13 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes



14 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes



15 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault



16 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari



17 China Z. Guanyu Sauber 24 Sauber Ferrari



18 Denmark K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari



19 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes



20 United States L. Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes



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