Mugello in a 2020 Formula 1 car would be ‘insane’

Date published: June 27 2020

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Daniel Ricciardo is practically salivating at the prospect of a Formula 1 race at Mugello, saying it would be “insane” in the 2020 cars.

The Italian track is being hotly tipped to gain a spot on the calendar for this year, and a recent report from Auto Motor und Sport even suggested it could host Ferrari’s 1000th race.

Ricciardo is very much up for it, saying he first raced there in 2007 and it was his “favourite” circuit.

“I was very excited to hear [this],” he told GPFans.

“The first circuit I heard was Mugello, and that was a circuit I raced back in 2007 for the first time, and it was my favourite circuit that season.

“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 the cars now, these 2020 cars around there would be insane.”

Also in with a shout of hosting a race in 2020 is Portugal’s Portimao Circuit.

It would mark the first time F1 has visited the nation since 1996 when Estoril hosted the Portuguese Grand Prix, and Portimao is another venue that left Ricciardo smiling at the suggestion.

“I’ve driven Portimão as well. I actually have good memories in Portimão. It was where I wrapped up the F3 championship, and it was a circuit I really enjoyed,” he explained.

“There’s some good elevation, and quite good flowing fast corners, so I’m not disappointed if any of these go ahead at all. I would be very excited.

“I’ll invest in a home simulator or something to refresh, but I’m fairly familiar with at least those two circuits.”

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