RACE DEBRIEF

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    Italy2020

    2020

    11 - 13 Sep

    Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Della Toscana Ferrari 1000 2020

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    Mugello

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    First Grand Prix

    2020

    Number of Laps

    59

    Circuit Length

    5.245km

    Race Distance

    309.497 km

    Lap Record

    1:18.833 Lewis Hamilton (2020)

    Mugello

    When was the track built?

    Although the ‘Mugello’ name had been associated with racing in that area of Tuscany since back in 1914 – having previously referred to a fearsome 61-km road racing course – the Mugello circuit proper opened in June 1974. Ferrari then purchased the track, based a 120-km drive away from their headquarters, in 1988.

    When was its first Grand Prix?

    Despite having been a fixture for a number of international series over the years, most notably MotoGP, 2020 marks the first time that Mugello hosts a Formula 1 World Championship event.

    What’s the circuit like?

    Mugello is a swooping, undulating circuit that the drivers almost universally adore. Set in a valley, the natural topography makes a lap of the 5.2-km track – which has hosted many an F1 test in its time, including Kimi Raikkonen’s famous first outing with Sauber – a real rollercoaster ride, with the stomach-churning run through Casanova, Savelli and into Arrabbiata 1 and 2 a particular highlight.

    Why go?

    Not only is Mugello considered by many to be one of the world’s finest circuits – it’s also nestled in the hills of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, meaning that away from the track, picturesque villages and towns and incredible food and drink await you after a long day’s racing action.

    Where is the best place to watch?

    Opt for either the Poggio Secco grandstand on the outside of Turn 3, or the grandstand facing the Biondetti 1 and 2 complex to watch the cars coming out of the sweeping Correntaio right-hander before taking this right-left chicane.