With the original 2020 Formula 1 season calendar in shambles due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have scrambled to add new races to make up for the remaining season. In order to fill up the calendar, organizers held back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring this past two weekends. They have also considered adding additional European tracks to spice things up, including the famed Imola Circuit. Now, Formula 1 organizers have announced that they have officially added Mugello Circuit into the season calendar called the Tuscan Grand Prix,.
They will call it the Tuscan Grand Prix and scheduled it to take place from September 11-13. It would mark the first time an official Formula 1 race would be held on the Mugello Circuit. Prior to this season, the 5.3-kilometer long track has previously been used by Formula 1 for pre-season testing only. In fact, the track sees more action as part of the MotoGP calendar.
If the Mugello Circuit sounds familiar, that's because it is the home course of none other than Scuderia Ferrari. Interesting to note that the Italian supercar builder actually owns the track, and has been using it for Formula 1 testing. Coincidentally, the upcoming Tuscan Grand Prix would mark Scuderia Ferrari's 1000th race in Formula 1 as well; the perfect venue to celebrate such a milestone.
“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,” said Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto.
With their 1000th race at their home course coming up in two months, hopefully, we get to see a stronger performance from Scuderia and their two drivers by then. It would be ironic if the two Silver Arrows (or any other team for that matter) outperformed the Ferrari's at their home course on such a special occasion.
Other racing courses owned by car manufacturers include Fuji Speedway (Toyota) and Suzuka (Honda), among others. While not a car manufacturer, Red Bull does own the Osterreichring and renamed it as Red Bull Ring that hosted the Austrian and Styrian grands prix.