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F1 announces Italian double-header with Mugello debut

The Ferrari-owned track in Mugello will host a Formula One race for the first time on September 13 after the elite motorsport series confirmed an Italian double-header on Friday.

The Ferrari-owned track in Mugello will host a Formula One race for the first time on September 13 after the elite motorsport series confirmed an Italian double-header on Friday.

The coronavirus outbreak forced a complete reorganization of the F1 calendar and the Mugello race will follow the Italian Grand Prix in Monza on September 6.

The Russian Grand Prix in Sochi will then take place on September 27.

F1 gave details of the races as practice started for Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix, the second of two consecutive races in Austria’s Spielberg.

Mugello in Tuscany has hosted races in lower car series and for motorbikes but never previously in F1. The Tuscany Grand Prix will make a poignant venue for Ferrari’s 1,000th race in the world championship.

“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,” said F1 chief Chase Carey.

“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.”

Germany’s Auto, Motor und Sport magazine reported that “according to current plans,” Hockenheim would also step in to host a race in October. It would be part of its on triple-header along with Italy’s Imola and Portimao in Portugal.

“There is nothing new from our side,” Hockenheim chief executive Jorn Teske told dpa. “We were and are in contact [with F1]. But nothing is yet in concrete.”

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes won the delayed season-opening Austrian Grand Prix last Sunday and the Hungarian Grand Prix completes a three-race burst to start the campaign on July 19.

There is then a week off before two British races at Silverstone, August 2 and 9, before Spain (August 16) and Belgium (August 30).

The calendar from Russia onwards remains open before the November-December conclusion in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. F1 still hopes to salvage a 15-18 race season despite organizational difficulties posed by the global pandemic.

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