F1 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix LIVE: Practice build-up, Hamilton goes for pole, qualifying time – latest updates – The Sun

THE F1 season continues this weekend in Italy as Imola hosts Formula One for the first time in 16 years.

Lewis Hamilton is looking to extend his lead at the top of the Driver's Championship after beating Michael Schumacher's race win record in Portugal.

  • Practice start time: 9am
  • Qualifying: 1pm
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1/NOW TV

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    F1 heads to Imola as Lewis Hamilton looks to continue his excellent form after beating Michael Schumacher's all-time record of race wins in Portugal last week.

    The track hosted the San Marino Grand Prix before it was scrapped in 2006 however this weekend's race will be named the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix after the region in Italy where Imola is actually located.

    And Mercedes have an extra incentive to perform this weekend as they can pick up the Constructors' Championship with four races to spare.

    All that needs to happen for Toto Wolff's team to win a fourth straight title is for one of their drivers to finish fourth.

    If, as is likely, that does happen, not even a Red Bull one-two would be enough to delay the inevitable until the Turkish Grand Prix in two weeks.

    Lewis Hamilton, who has never raced in F1 at Imola before has said he is very moved to be driving at the track where his childhood hero Ayrton Senna lost his life.

    The Brit commented: “It is still very surreal for me when I go to places, where you drive through the tunnel at Monaco or the British GP where the greats of the past have raced.

    “The fact that earlier on I was in an area where 26 years ago Ayrton was here doing what he loved, as I am, that is heartwarming to know that I am able to be here and do what he was doing.”

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