2020 Tuscan Grand Prix: Preview
Preview of the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello
After eight rounds of established Grand Prix circuits such as Red Bull Ring, Silverstone and most recently Monza. Formula One heads into unchartered territory this weekend as the worlds fastest sport travels to the Mugello Circuit in Italy. A beautiful ribbon of tarmac buried within the Tuscan hills never before touched by Formula One on a race weekend.
Just last weekend at the Italian Grand prix we were treated to an absolutely thrilling race which saw Frenchman Pierre Gasly take his maiden win narrowly ahead of Spaniard Carlos Sainz. The duo took advantage of Lewis Hamilton being awarded a 10 second stop go penalty for serving his pit stop when the pit lane was closed. That dropped the then race leader to the back of the field. As it turned out, Pierre Gasly took the win ahead of Carlos Sainz in second and Lance Stroll in third. Meanwhile Ferraris terrible form continued as both Vettel and Leclerc retired from the teams home race in Monza.
Image credit: F1.com Mugello layout
The Mugello Circuit looks an absolute thrill to drive. The 3.259mi circuit plays host to some stunning corners including the double right hander of Arrabbiata 1 and Arrabbiata 2 along with the final corner at Turn 15, Bucine which is a long left hander that sweeps downhill before the long main straight. Meanwhile the sole DRS zone along the main straight should help overtaking into Turn one.
As Formula One has never raced at Mugello before, it will be very difficult for all the teams drivers to set up their cars to best tackle Mugello. However the Tuscan circuit does have similar characteristics to Silverstone and Spa with it's long, fast corners which could present an opportunity for Mercedes to steal a march on the opposition in the all conquering W11.
This weekend at Mugello will also be a very special for Ferrari one as the Italian team will be celebrating their 1000th Grand Prix. The Scuderia has been part of every single Formula One world championship and has welcomed great drivers such as Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen through the gates of Maranello. All three drivers have won races and a combined 8 championships for Ferrari. There is also the possibility of Ferrari running a special livery in order too commemorate this memorable occasion.
Further down the field the Williams team will begin a brand new era. After being sold to Dorilton capital earlier this year the Williams family decided to step aside after last weekends Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The good news is that the Williams name will remain in Formula One. The new boss of the Grove based outfit will be Simon Roberts and he will serve as the acting team principal. With all this in mind the inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix promises to be thrilling race on a circuit that will test the driver to his absolute limits.