The Mugello circuit has proved to be a massive hit with the drivers as F1 rolls into Tuscany. Remaining in Italy following Pierre Gasly’s maiden F1 victory last week, the Tuscan Grand Prix becomes the ninth race of the revised 2020 season.
Mugello has been used as a testing venue in the past but hadn’t been added to the F1 calendar until this year.
“It’s a lot of fun and really cool,” said Friday pacesetter Valtteri Bottas, who topped both sessions for Mercedes.
“Once you go after Turn 1, the whole section with those high-speed chicanes and second sector is amazing. Really enjoyed every single lap [in practice].”
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said: “Particularly the double right-hander, most of the time we’re flat out through those sections, so it’s just holding your neck [up] the whole time. I love that.
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“It almost feels like Turkey [Istanbul Park]. It’s incredibly fast through [turns] six-seven and eight-nine. It’s intense, I have to say.
“It’s amazing to experience it and it’s going to be difficult to look after the tyres through those sections, but everyone is in the same boat.”
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was a close third behind the Mercedes’ in Friday’s second practice.
“It’s a very cool track,” the Dutchman said. “So many fast corners and in a Formula 1 car to take, especially Arrabbiata 1 and 2, flat-out is incredible.”
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How to watch the Tuscan Grand Prix
Sky Sports F1 will be showing live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race throughout the UK.
Existing Sky Sports customers can live stream the action via the Sky Go app.
However, non-subscription holders will be able to watch via NOW TV by purchasing a Sky Sports pass.
Day passes start at £9.99 and includes access to all 11 Sky Sports channels.
Tuscan Grand Prix schedule (BST)
Practice 3: 11-12pm
Sunday’s Race: 2.10pm
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