Mugello confirmed as Ferrari’s 1000th race

Mark Scott
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Formula 1 has confirmed the next two races on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar with Mugello and Sochi added to what is now a 10-race schedule.

The Formula 1 roadshow will be heading to Tuscany on September 13 which will also mark Ferrari’s 1000th race in the sport and then, after a week break it is over to Russia for round 10.

“We want to thank the promoters, national authorities, the teams and the FIA for their hard work and support in making these Grands Prix possible,” said Formula 1 in a statement.

“And know our fans will be delighted to see Russia host its seventh race at the Sochi Autodrom and see Formula 1 cars race for the first time at exciting Mugello circuit in Italy.

“We are delighted to announce Mugello and Sochi will be part of the 2020 calendar and want to thank all our partners for their support in recent weeks,” added Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1.

“We had great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.

“The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September. We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000 Grand Prix.

“Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.”

The updated schedule is as follows:

1. Austrian GP 1 – Jul 5
2. Austrian GP 2 – Jul 12
3. Hungarian GP – Jul 19
4. British GP 1 – Aug 2
5. British GP 2 – Aug 9
6. Spanish GP – Aug 16
7. Belgian GP – Aug 30
8. Italian GP – Sep 6
9. Mugello – Sep 13
10. Russian GP – Sep 27

Ferrari welcomed the news.

Mugello taking the ninth slot on the calendar means the Scuderia will be racing on home soil, and at its home track, for its 1000th F1 grand prix.

Team boss Mattia Binotto said: “To be able to celebrate an extraordinary anniversary like the thousandth grand prix for Scuderia Ferrari at our own home at Mugello is an incredible opportunity. Mugello is not just one of the most spectacular and challenging tracks for drivers and cars, it is also a structure that has made sustainability one of its priorities.

“This commitment has taken it to levels of excellence both for Italy and the world. There are lots of people to whom we send thanks for turning this opportunity into reality – above all Formula 1’s Chairman and CEO Chase Carey, who knows and appreciates the value that our team represents for this sport, to the extent that he was prepared to recognise this anniversary in the official name of the event.

“Then there are two partners who have been fundamental to achieving this goal. First there is the region that will play host to us, Tuscany – one of the most beautiful in our country, rich with artistic treasures and breathtaking scenery. Then there is the city of Florence, a jewel that is unique in the world for its architectural beauty and for the masterpieces that can be enjoyed there.”

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