GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRACK
The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari is universally recognized as an extremely technical track, difficult to read, with complex curves and off-cuts: traveling at a high pace requires a professional skill level.
The circuit and the annexed structures have been part of a redevelopment and modernization plan that began in November 2006 and ended in September 2007. It was curated by the renowned German architect Hermann Tilke, who specialized in the construction of motor racing circuits.
In the summer of 2009 the Nuova Variante Bassa was created, in order to meet the homologation requirements set by the International Motorcycling Federation. This addition, designed to neutralize the slight right-hand bend characteristic of the track for cars, is located in front of the pit lane. In August 2011, the circuit was the subject of the resurfacing work on the road surface, an operation that involved 70% of the track.
The origins of the Imola racetrack are remembered by a special witness, Enzo Ferrari, in his 1980 book as:
“My first contact with Imola dates back to the spring of 1948. I thought from the first moment that this hilly environment could one day become a small Nurburgring due to the natural difficulties that building the road belt would have to cross, thus offering a truly selective path for men and machines. From this opinion, the promoters of Imola felt comforted. In May 1950, construction began. I was present at the ground-breaking ceremony, which was hosted by the lawyer Onesti with the greeting of CONI and a contribution of 40 million that I think was the first gesture of the body to motorsports.
A small Nurburgring – I repeated that day looking around – a small Nurburgring, with equal technical resources, spectacular and an ideal path length. This belief has been achieved through the decades that have passed since then. “