- Lewis Hamilton leaving the Mercedes Garage at Mugello. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas Formula One Team.

The Tuscan Mugello GP was very questionable, to say the least

And probably shouldn't be on a regular season calendar

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It's a strange feeling these days, as an Formula One viewer, to be treated to two such eventful Grand Prix, two weeks in a row. However, while the Italian GP was an utterly spectacular race to watch, the Tuscan GP at the Mugello Circuit was more of a demonstration that modern F1 cars are just not made for these older-styled tracks.

In short, the only reason why the Tuscan GP had a good amount of "action", was the streak of accidents and Red Flags. Indeed, the racing that occurred between both red flags was what we have become accustomed to: both Mercedes in front, struggling Ferrari's, the occasional overtake, but nothing that excites me as the motorsport should. Accidents aren't really exciting, they're scary.

That said, what intrigued me most during this Grand Prix, was the four-car collision that occurred on lap 6. When I first saw the replays, I thought the blame landed on Giovinazzi, not even slowing down slightly and running right into the back Magnussen's Haas. After reading some comments however, and discussing it with others, I feel like the blame lands more on Bottas and the cars in front. It is true, he did not actually break any rules, but it does look like he slowed down too much and swerved for tire temperature for too long as well. Perhaps the FIA should look into Safety Car restarts as well -- there was not enough indication for the people in the back to know he hadn't set off yet. As was published by Giles Richard in The Guardian, Lewis is quoted as saying, “It was absolutely not Valtteri’s fault, it’s the decision makers that are trying to make it more exciting... [t]oday it put people at risk, perhaps they need to rethink that. They have been moving switching off the safety car lights later and later and later. We are fighting for position. They are trying to make it more exciting but today was a little bit over the limit but Valtteri did exactly what anybody would do.” While I absolutely agree with Hamilton in that Bottas did what you would expect, it doesn't resolve the issue of not being able to see what is happening from the back. Thus, it sort of puts the blame on Bottas but more so on the FIA's rule books.

All in all though, the Grand Prix did not live up to Monza or indeed the supporting F2 and F3 races at Mugello. Accidents are not what make racing exciting. For this reason, I don't think this circuit, not matter how stunningly beautiful it is to look at, should be part of a "regular" season calendar. What to you think?

Congratulations to Alex Albon on his first of hopefully many F1 podiums, and Ferrari for completing their 1000th Grand Prix! I can't wait to see what we get at the Sochi Autodrom in two-weeks time!

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Comments (6)

  • Bottas may not have done anything wrong but as usual he didn't do a hell of a lot right, it was almost like he was trying to find the right opportunity to let Hamilton come steaming passed - out of his depth again. I think the circuit is great, somewhere that actually tried the drivers for a change - more of this is needed.

      9 days ago
  • The only question about mugello being put on the calendar should be how do they fit it in with monza and imola in a regular season.

    This was the first race in a long time that I loved every second of and even found myself watching a few fp sessions too purely because of the track. It's exciting watching an F1 car even on its own driving around a track like this because you see them close to the limit and see the immense change of direction speeds and if someone gets it wrong you see the amazing amount of energy that the cars carry.

    As for the crashes, the major one could have happened anywhere in the world, strolls crash would have ended up with him in a wall at high speed even on the safest of the super safe tiilke circuits. Lap 1 incident wouldn't have been an incident as everyone would just have driven off the track when things got a bit hairy if it was all tarmac. The lack of 'excitement' up front again has nothing to do with the track but a symptom of F1 rules in general and is repeated almost every weekend. As for overtaking, Tiilke would give his right arm to be able to manufacture a straight and first corner combination like that.

    If you find crashes scary and didn't think there was enough 'excitement' are you sure F1 is your thing? maybe esports would be better as you would get close competitive racing without the stress of worrying about cars crashing.

      9 days ago
    • I've been following F1 for over 20 years, so yes, I'm pretty sure. Crashes are scary by nature and are going to happen, but that doesn't mean we need/want them.

      I guess I just don't have the same opinion as most on this circuit. I adore the...

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        8 days ago
  • If we move the safety car line back then the problem at the restarts would be eradicated; plus overtaking is possible, and the junior formulas provided some good races.

    With new regs coming in and smaller cars I don’t see why not, it’s a proper proper racing circuit.

      9 days ago
  • Er, no. 100% wrong.

      9 days ago
  • Makes sense! But I absolutely loved F2 and F3 - so that's something...

      9 days ago
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