2023 Emilia Romagna GP: Preview, Where to watch, Dates, Schedule, Live Streaming details

The battle for top spot on the driver's championship table between Red Bull teammates Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen will heat up in Ferrari's back yard.

Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez after the Emilia Romagna GP 2022. (Image: Twitter/Oracle Red Bull Racing)
By Nilavro Ghosh | May 17, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

In the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, Max Verstappen defeated Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to win. After qualifying ninth, Verstappen overtook the pole-sitter in the closing laps to reclaim the 2023 championship lead. Perez had cut Verstappen’s lead in the championship to just six points with a Sprint and Grand Prix double in Azerbaijan last time out, and a wild qualifying session at the Miami International Autodrome gave him a great chance to overtake Verstappen.

Verstappen, on the other hand, skillfully extended his initial stint on hards to rise from P9 to P1 through a series of fine moves, and he eventually emerged just behind his teammate with a fresh set of mediums late in the race. Perez, on the other hand, led the first half of the race on a medium-hard tyre strategy. Verstappen easily passed Perez with 10 laps left to take the lead, and he would not give it up. As a result, Perez was forced to settle for second place and lost some of the ground he had gained in the title race.

Verstappen not only claimed a commanding victory but also the ‘Driver of the Day’ honour and the fastest lap bonus point to add to his tally. Fans were duly impressed by his charge through the field. The Red Bulls were once again in a class of their own, so Fernando Alonso and the Aston Martin were left to take third place as the “best of the rest,” giving the new team four podium finishes in as many races. Due in part to teammate Lewis Hamilton avoiding him earlier in the race while using a different strategy and beating Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz in the process, George Russell was the leading Mercedes driver in fourth place.

Emilia Romagna GP Preview

The battle for top spot on the driver’s championship table between Red Bull teammates Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen will heat up in Ferrari’s back yard at the 2023 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. In every race so far this year, a Red Bull driver has finished on the top step of the podium and Imola does not seem to bear a different result. However, what happens with the teams other than the reigning constructor’s champions will be interesting.

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Aston Martin, who have been on the podium four times in the last five races with Fernando Alonso will be hoping to keep that form going. The AMR23 looks quicker each weekend and they will do their best to keep the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes behind them. Speaking about Ferrari, they have not had a good start to the season by any stretch of the imagination. Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc are P5 and P7 on the driver’s table respectively and the team is in P4 on the constructor’s table, 18 points behind Mercedes.

However, what they will have in Imola is the raucous support of the tifosi which might well motivate them to have a splendid race and maybe even end up on the podium to move ahead of the silver arrows. The most interesting bit coming into the race weekend will be Mercedes’ upgrade package. Many fans expected Mercedes to be challenging for the constructor’s title this year but that certainly has not been the case as the team is 128 points off the top. However, the silver arrows will be bringing in a much hyped upgrade package into Imola and we might see a lightning fast Lewis Hamilton on track once again.


Here is the full schedule for the 2023 Emilia Romagna GP weekend.

DateEventTime (IST)Time (Local)
Friday, May 19Practice 15 pm – 6 pm1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Friday, May 19Practice 28:30 pm – 9:30 pm5 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, May 20Practice 34 pm – 5 pm12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Saturday May 20Qualifying7:30 pm – 8:30 pm4 pm – 5 pm
Sunday, May 21Race6:30 pm3 pm

Live Streaming details

Australia – Fox Sports, Foxtel, Kayo, Network Ten

Canada – RDS, RDS 2, TSN, Noovo

India – F1 TV

Italy – Sky Italia

UK – Sky Sports, C4

USA – ESPN, ESPN Deportes