Mugello a Long Shot to Make 2021 F1 Schedule

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Photo credit: Clive Mason - Formula 1 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Clive Mason - Formula 1 - Getty Images

From Autoweek

Despite the fact that drivers raved about the challenge of the high-speed and old-school layout in Tuscany, fans and drivers should not expect Formula 1 to return to the Mugello Circuit in 2021.

Mugello is a Ferrari-owned track that was added onto the 2020 calendar at late notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there doesn't appear to be space on the 2021 schedule for a second F1 race in Italy.

The series is already contracted to race in Monza next season.

"I would love to see the track on the normal calendar," said Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc. "To be honest, I was a little skeptical at first, but after the race it become clear that there was a lot of overtaking. In that sense, the track is surprisingly good."

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo said, "I think we were all afraid that it wouldn't be a good circuit for racing, but it wasn't boring at all. It was one of the most exciting Grands Prix of the year. I'd say a lot of the drivers would like to return. But we also love Monza, so I wouldn't want it to be at the expense of that. It would be great if we could have both."

Unfortunately, with the F1 calendar already at a perceived maximum of 22 races (that was the number pre-Covid-19, anyway), that appears unlikely. None of the 22 have yet bowed out for 2021. It is also doubtful that F1's financial model for race promoters would work for Mugello going forward.

This year, some replacement circuits were even paid by F1 owners Liberty Media rather than the reverse.