Italy hosting three F1 races this year is a “strong recognition” of various qualities of the nation’s motorsport, the ACI President says.
The country always hosts one Grand Prix, held in Monza. However, with various tracks dropping off the 2020 calendar, two further races in Italy will also take place.
The first will be the Tuscan Grand Prix, held at Mugello, and the second will be the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, held at Imola.
Angelo Sticchi Damani, the Automobile Club d’Italia, says it is a testament to Italian motorsport.
“It’s an important milestone and a strong recognition of the organisational qualities and the history of Italian motorsport,” Sticchi Damiani said as per insideracing.com.
“The decision of the FIA and of the Formula One Group, to include a race on the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in the 2020 calendar, after those already scheduled at Monza and Mugello, is yet another confirmation of the quality of the work done by the ACI over the years.”
The drivers are going to fall in love with an F1 car around the likes of Mugello and Imola this ‘season’. Scary and physical, just as they should be. https://t.co/XtYvyHjGrI
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) July 24, 2020
While Mugello has never hosted an F1 race, Imola has a considerable history in the sport, with races, usually known as the San Marino Grand Prix, taking place there 26 times.
“Of course, this decision is also recognition of the history at Imola which, for 20 years, has written fundamental pages of the Formula 1 epic,” he added.
“[It is] An extraordinary return that rewards the technical qualities of the facility and the great skills of those who have been working on it for years.”
While various nations have hosted two races in a single season, Italy will be the first to have three take place in their country within that period.
“This designation, therefore, leads to three Formula 1 Grands Prix to be held this year in Italy – an absolute record for our country and a unique case in the world that certifies the high quality of our nation’s motorsport system.
“In fact, we are the only ones in the world to have three circuits approved to host races of the maximum formula of motorsport.”
The Mugello Grand Prix, the second of the three events, will also be Ferrari’s 1000 race in the sport. Various recognitions of that are expected across the race weekend.
The Italian races will take place on September 6, September 13 and October 31. The final one of the three, in Imola, will be a two-day race weekend.