Formula 1 makes its first trip to Mugello as the Tuscan Grand Prix sets the scene for Ferrari’s 1000th World Championship race.
For the first time in 38 years, a country is hosting three Formula 1 events in a season. That honour is going to to the picturesque nation of Italy.
Part one of three, Formula 1’s traditional Italian Grand Prix at Monza, served up an all-time classic as Pierre Gasly took his first victory in Formula 1 driving for AlphaTauri, ironically twelve years after Sebastian Vettel pulled off the same achievement at the same place when the team were known as Toro Rosso.
But now it’s time for an unknown, Ferrari may have sound knowledge of Mugello thanks to hours spent testing there, but for the other nine teams they’ve had to make do with the simulator until now.
Ferrari are set to bring a one-off dark red livery with them to Mugello in a nod to their design from 1950 when they first appeared on the F1 grid, but that won’t distract them from the fact they can’t afford to repeat the disastrous double-DNF of Monza.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix…
When is the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix?
The start times for the Tuscan Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday September 11, 1100 local time (1000 BST)
Practice 2: Friday September 11, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday September 12, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday September 12, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Race: Sunday September 13, 1510 local time (1410 BST)
Where does the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix take place?
Mugello Circuit, based in Scarperia e San Piero, Tuscany in Italy, has until now been a testing ground for the Ferrari team.
In 2020 that privacy will be gone though as Ferrari welcome all other nine teams into their back yard for the Tuscan Grand Prix, which will also serve as Ferrari’s 1000th race.
This track will hold 50,000 spectators in its stands and features 15 turns, all of which are medium to high-speed sweeping corners, and in a current Formula 1 car this demanding 3.259-mile circuit is sure to challenge the drivers physically like few other venues on the regular calendar, especially their neck muscles.
Whilst motorbike racing is usually what makes up the schedule here at Mugello, there has been four-wheel action in the past with DTM holding an annual event between 2006-08.
Sunday’s race will be held over 59 laps.
Where can I watch the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix on TV?
Pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports will show the entire race weekend on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV.
Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 will show extended highlights from qualifying and the race.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data throughout every session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from FP1 on Friday morning to the race on Sunday afternoon.
The Tuscan Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports, One (Network Ten)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Italia, TV8
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1
What are the odds for the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix?
Latest bookmaker information shows that despite Pierre Gasly’s heroics at Monza, he remains well down the pecking order to win the Tuscan Grand Prix. Instead Championship leader Lewis Hamilton is heavy favourite, with the bookies making Valtteri Bottas a distant second favourite.
Here are the leading odds from bet365:
(Last updated Saturday September 12)
What is the weather forecast for the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix?
Friday, September 11: 29c, sunny
Saturday, September 12: 29c, sunny
Sunday, September 13: 31c, sunny
Which drivers have won the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix?
We will get our answer on Sunday since the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix is the first in Formula 1 history, whilst a Formula 1 race has never taken place at the Mugello circuit. Exciting times!
What is the starting grid for the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix?
Mercedes continued their run of clinching every pole position so far in the 2020 campaign and it was Lewis Hamilton who pipped Valtteri Bottas to the number one spot.
Both Red Bulls are poised behind the Silver Arrows on the second row, while Racing Point’s Sergio Perez has a one-place grid drop for causing a collision with Kimi Raikkonen in free practice.
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull
4 Alex Albon Red Bull
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
6 Lance Stroll Racing Point
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point*
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault
9 Carlos Sainz McLaren
10 Esteban Ocon Renault
11 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri
12 Carlos Sainz McLaren
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing
14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
15 Romain Grosjean Haas
16 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
18 George Russell Williams
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams
20 Kevin Magnussen Haas
*1 place penalty applied for causing a collision in free practice
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
Eight races into the season, here is how both of the 2020 Championships look at the top end:
Lewis Hamilton – 164 points
Valtteri Bottas – 117 points
Max Verstappen – 110 points
Lance Stroll – 57 points
Lando Norris – 57 points
Mercedes – 281 points
Red Bull – 158 points
McLaren – 98 points
Racing Point – 82 points
Renault – 71 points
Tyre choices for the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) July 22, 2020
The Mugello Circuit won’t only test the fitness of the drivers, it will also put the Pirelli rubber through its paces.
The fast, sweeping corners will see drivers putting plenty of load on their tyres, and for that reason Pirelli will bring the hardest compounds in their range to the Tuscan Grand Prix.
That means the C1s will be the hard tyres, the C2s are the medium compound and the softest rubber available will be the C3s.
Pirelli’s compounds range from C1 to C5 with the tyres getting softer and grippier as the number increases.