The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari (often referred to as Imola) is a permanent racing circuit in Bologna, Italy.
This track has a unique history; the location was a Roman amphitheatre with chariot racing as early as 80 BC, and the idea for a modern racing circuit was born in 1940. The Formula One Grand Prix and the World Touring Car Championship have both been held there. It is commonly regarded as one of the most challenging circuits on the planet.
The circuit was refurbished in 2010 in an attempt to reintroduce it to the Formula One calendar. The pit lane and garages were removed, and a contemporary, expanded complex was built in their stead.
The track is now completely flat from Rivazza to Tamburello, thanks to the removal of Variante Bassa. The circuit was given FIA certification in 2008, allowing it to host F1 test events. The circuit was upgraded to a 1 classification in 2011, allowing F1 events to take place there.
Fast, free-flowing, and oh-so-vintage, Imola is a true test of driving skill and mechanical prowess. There's minimal forgiveness for a blunder, and the proximity of obstacles and trees adds to the impression of speed on this stunning three-mile circuit that rewards boldness while punishing mistakes.