A chaotic qualifying session on Friday night ended in the Dutchman’s favour after a record-breaking five red flags in often damp conditions. Charles Leclerc put his Ferrari second, ahead of Lando Norris with Lewis Hamilton lodged in 13th.
This year’s sprint race, officially known as F1 Sprint, hands out points to the top eight drivers, from eight for first to one for eighth.
Therefore, the grid has more incentive to push for an entertaining 100km dash – even if the budget cap has made team bosses nervous about any damage suffered in the process.
FOLLOW THE EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX SPRINT RACE LIVE!
How to watch the F1 Emilia Romagna GP sprint race
TV channel: The sprint race will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and F1, with coverage beginning at 2.30pm BST before lights out at 3.30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also tune in via the Sky Go app.
Highlights: Channel 4 will be airing full free-to-air race highlights at 6.45pm.
Live blog: You can keep up to date with the race as it happens via Standard Sport’s live blog, with Marc Mayo in Italy to provide expert analysis.