For the first time in history, Mugello will host the Formula 1 race, and it will also be the jubilee 1000th F1 race for Ferrari on the track that has been owned by them since 1988 – Pirelli and MAXF1 bring you all the information about the track and key parameters related to tyres and car setup.
Located in the Tuscan hills, there is a plenty of elevation changes at Mugello, together with a quite narrow track and some bumps. This helps make for an old-school feel to the circuit, inaugurated in its current form in 1974, but with roots going back to a 1914 road course.
The 15 corners are mainly medium to high speed, with no really tight chicanes or big braking zone throughout the 5.2-kilometre lap.
The right-hand Arrabbiata corners are the two quickest corners of the track, probably taken flat-out in a Formula 1 car at speeds of around 260 or 270 km/h.
It is quite a technical layout as every corner is crucial for different reasons: the Luco – Poggio Secco – Materassi complex at the start of the lap is all about maintaining the highest possible apex speed and perfect racing line, while the Biondetti corners at the end of the lap (which almost make up a natural chicane) are vital as a launch pad onto the following lap.
The asphalt at Mugello is famously aggressive, again placing more demands on the tyres. The track was completely resurfaced for the last time in 2011.
The current (unofficial) F1 lap record is held by Rubens Barrichello and Ferrari from 2004: 1m18.704s, which is set to be shattered this year. While Mugello has never been used for a Formula 1 race and is better known for bikes, it is an established F1 testing venue.
For the first time this year, there will be fans admitted to a grand prix weekend, with just 3,000 spectators allowed at the second of three Italian F1 races this season.
“Mugello is a fantastic addition to the World Championship calendar with a particular significance for Pirelli, as it’s where we first ran our Formula 1 tyres back in August 2010, just two months after our agreement was announced to supply the sport from 2011 onwards,” said Mario Isola from Pirelli.
“It’s a spectacular and very fast circuit that will definitely place big demands on tyres, which is why we have selected the hardest compounds. As with any new venue, Mugello represents a bit of an unknown for most of the drivers and an entirely clean sheet of paper when it comes to strategy.”
“Free practice will be particularly crucial to collect as much data as possible, and we’re likely to see teams splitting their programmes to gain as much information as they can about every tyre under all circumstances.”
“From our point of view, we’ve been able to prepare also by analysing data from our other championships that have raced at Mugello. Congratulations to Ferrari for reaching the incredible milestone of 1000 races: just one of the factors that makes the team so iconic in our sport, and worthy of this fitting celebration where we are also delighted to be title sponsor.”
In terms of minimum starting pressures, Pirelli prescribed values for the front tyres for Mugello between those for Spa and Monza – 1,725 bar – while for the rear tyres they allowed lower values than the previous two tracks in Belgium and Italy – 1.4145 bar.
The reason is that the Mugello puts a lot more strain on the front tyres because there are no slow corners that heavily strain the rear tyres at high accelerations while in terms of camber Pirelli allows the same values as in the Monza: -3.00 degrees for the front and -2.00 degrees for the rear tyres.
2020 TUSCAN GP – MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES AND CAMBER LIMITS (1.725 bar / 1.4145 bar)
2020 BELGIAN GP – MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES AND CAMBER LIMITS (1.6905 bar / 1.449 bar)
2020 ITALIAN GP – MINIMUM STARTING PRESSURES AND CAMBER LIMITS (1.794 bar / 1.4835 bar)
LAST F1 VISITS IN MUGELLO
Before the start of this season, Ferrari completed a test with the two-year-old SF71H in Mugello, while it was not yet known that Mugello would be part of this year’s calendar, and the last test involving all teams (except HRT) took place in the May 2012 where the fastest was Grosjean in Lotus with a time of 1:21.035.
Webber then said that 10 laps on Mugello means like 1000 laps on Abu Dhabi in terms of driving pleasure while Vettel added that it is a pity they do not have Mugello in the F1 calendar because it is an amazing track with a lot of fast corners.
The first F1 test on Mugello was held on February 17, 1999 when Ferrari and Minardi tested their new F1 cars (the fastest was Schumacher in a Ferrari F399 with a time of 1:26.704) and tests continued every following year until 2009 when Ferrari’s F2008 was also tested by Valentino Rossi (best time 1:22.550) .
The peak of Mugello’s F1 use was in 2002 when Ferrari spent as many as 46 test days on it during the year with Sauber and McLaren adding two more days each.
The track record is held by Rubens Barrichello, who on February 9, 2004 in a Ferrari F2004 set the fastest lap 1:18.704, which this year’s cars should easily beat for a few seconds.
MUGELLO F1 TESTS OVERVIEW