Mattia Binotto, Red Bull Ring, 2020

Binotto pleased new Mugello race will honour “very important” 1,000th race for Ferrari

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Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says he is “very, very, very happy” Mugello has been added to the 2020 F1 calendar and will mark Ferrari’s 1,000th start in a world championship race.

F1 confirmed yesterday the new race, which will be called the ‘Tuscan Grand Prix Ferrari 1000’, is to be held at the Ferrari-owned track on September 13th, one week after the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

“It’s something on which we worked hard together with F1 to make it happen,” said Binotto, “It’s special because it’s a double race in Italy, but because it could be our 1000th grand prix.

“You can see in the name of the grand prix itself officially, the ‘Grand Prix of Toscana Ferrari 1000’. Which is something very important as first because we are the only team celebrating the 1000th – after us we’ll need to wait a long time before another team may do that.

“So simply to celebrate it in Italy and in Mugello which is our own circuit, Ferrari circuit, I think that’s something special.

Mugello circuit
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“I have to thank certainly Chase [Carey, F1 CEO and chairman] for the opportunity. I have to thank certainly the circuit and the region Tuscany to make it happen because at the end it’s something of which we are very happy.”

Binotto says drivers will find the high-speed layout a challenge. “Mugello is a great circuit,” he said. “It’s very demanding, very exciting.

“I’ve been there myself [for the first time in] 1996, obviously as an engineer, but it was a great period, we were staying there many days so I know it very well. And I think that for me I’ve been there so many times, finally doing a single race there it’s something exciting.

“So it’s great news, we were waiting for it and now we can say it’s official.”

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4 comments on “Binotto pleased new Mugello race will honour “very important” 1,000th race for Ferrari”

  1. One more home track to disappoint your Italian fans. Great.

  2. Double DNF at Mugello confirmed.

  3. FIA would allow them to install 2019 PU at Mugello

  4. Hope they can pull up their socks before then. Seeing them get smoked on hallowed ground in front of the factory workers and everyone else would be grim.

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