Second Italian F1 round to celebrate Ferrari landmark
The Mugello circuit in Italy is to stage its first-ever Formula 1 race after two more rounds of the revised 2020 calendar were announced today.
The new Italian event, which will mark prominent home team Ferrari’s 1000th grand prix, will take place on 13 September, and be followed by the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, which has now been confirmed for 27 September.
The two additions take to 10 the number of events on the schedule, which has had to be restructured as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mugello, which is located in Tuscany in central Italy, is best known for MotoGP but there was talk that it had pivoted to Formula 1 after the motorcycling series’ Gran Premio d’Italia, originally scheduled for the end of May, was cancelled rather than merely postponed.
The Formula 1 race will follow the established Italian Grand Prix at Monza on 6 September.
The season finally got under way this month with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, and continues with the Styrian Grand Prix, at the same venue, this coming weekend.
To date, the only confirmed rounds are in Europe, but the organisers still plan to have between 15 and 18 overall, with the possibility of events in Asia and the Middle East later in the year.
Chase Carey, the chairman and chief executive of Formula 1, said on Friday: “We are delighted to announce Mugello and Sochi will be part of the 2020 calendar and want to thank all our partners for their support in recent weeks. We had a great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.
“The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September. We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix. Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.”
Ferrari has been the only ever-present team in the series since it began in 1950.
Italy staged two annual Formula 1 rounds from 1981 to 2006 when the last San Marino Grand Prix was held at Imola.
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The event will be the second race in two weekends at the Red Bull Ring, following the MyWorld Motorrad Grand Prix of Austria on 16 August.
The delayed season starts with two races in Jerez in Spain on 19 and 26 July.