Mugello in current F1 cars would be ‘insane’ – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo reckons Formula 1’s current cars around Mugello will be “insane” – with the Italian venue set to get the nod for a second race in Italy this year.

With F1 chiefs looking likely to expand the European season in September, there are mounting indications that the Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit will be allowed to hold a race on September 13, one week after Monza.

That would nicely coincide with Ferrari’s 1000th world championship grand prix .

The elevation changes and high-speed nature of Mugello have made it a favourite for fans and drivers, and Ricciardo says his previous experience of the track from a test in 2012 has left him relishing the chance of a return.

“That was a circuit I raced back in 2007 [in Formula Renault Italy], for the first time, and it was my favourite circuit that season,” explained Ricciardo.

“I loved just the flowing high speed corners and I think in F1, it would be amazing. We had a test there, I think it was back in 2012, in F1.

“But, you know, the cars now, these 2020 cars around there, would be insane! So yeah, I’m certainly excited if that one takes place.”

As well as Mugello being in the frame to get a grand prix, the Portuguese Portimao track has also emerged as a contender.

Ricciardo reckons that the Algarve track would be great for F1 too, having had experience of the track when he clinched the British F3 title there in 2009.

“I actually have good memories of Portimao,” he explained. “It was where I wrapped up the F3 championship.

“It was a circuit I really enjoyed: some good elevation and again quite good flowing fast corners. So, yeah, I’m not disappointed if any of these go ahead at all. I would be very excited.”

Ricciardo’s teammate Esteban Ocon says he has already been learning the Portimao line-up on his home simulator, as he welcomed the addition of new tracks to the 2020 calendar.

“I love the old school circuits like Mugello or Imola,” said the Frenchman. “That was a track I raced not so long ago as well in F3. I still have to learn Portimao.

“I’ve done a lot of laps, obviously on my home sim, which was good. But yeah, I’m happy to do a lot of races. And if that’s the way we can do more more in the future, then it’s fantastic.”

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Mugello to host Ferrari's 1000th race – report

An agreement has reportedly been reached for Mugello to be added to the calendar. Specifically, it will host Ferrari’s 100oth race.

It has been heavily rumoured that the track owned by the Italian team will become a part of the 2020 schedule.

With Ferrari hitting 1000 races this season, many believed a second Italian Grand Prix would take place there to mark the occasion. It now looks like this will indeed be the case.

According to Auto, Motor und Sport, F1 has officially scheduled the race to take place on the 13th of September, a week after the race in Monza.

According to the report, it will be the final race in a triple-header starting at Spa before heading to Italy. After it, there will be a two-week break.

The report also states that three separate races in Italy isn’t something that will happen. Imola was also being considered as a possible replacement track, but it has apparently now dropped off the list due to concerns about the pit-lane.

Instead, the tracks remaining on the reserve list are Hockenheim and Portimao. The German circuit is being considered as a possibility if the Russian Grand Prix isn’t able to go ahead due to the COVID-19 situation there. The Portuguese track meanwhile may well take place a week later on the 4th of October.

Mugello’s inclusion will be the music to the ears of Sebastian Vettel. After driving a 2018 Ferrari around it to prepare for the upcoming season, he stated that the track deserves to hold a place on the F1 calendar.

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