F1 comes to Mugello

"In an environment as spectacular as Tuscany, a real track emerges, and now, F1 makes its way there for the first time in its history."


When I was covering the Motorcycle World Championship as a special envoy for the AS, back in the late 1980s and 1990s, the Italian GP was one of the highlights of the year for me. The country excites me and Florence seems to me to be one of the most beautiful cities on the planet, but since here we are talking about sports and not tourism, what fascinated me was the Mugello circuit. In an environment as spectacular as Tuscany, a real track emerges, very different from those designed from a computer, lacking in magic and personality. And now, things of the pandemic, Formula 1 stops there for the first time in its history, so I have a huge interest in the development of this second grand prix in Italy.

Many of Mugello's fifteen corners are challenging to drive, with high speed (although far from Monza, of course), unevenness, complex lines and everything you would expect from a true speed circuit. The set-up of the cars from scratch, without references, will be difficult for the teams and, in addition, the forecast points to high temperatures that will put the resistance of the tires to the test. Perhaps from so much uncertainty the possibility of a certain alternation between the favorites also arises: I am not saying that the Mercedes finish last, but there is more intrigue in the front positions. It is a pity that Ferrari, owner of the facility and which celebrates its thousand participations in grand prix, is far from joining what should be its great party.

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