Formula One has officially announced the addition of the Mugello circuit and the Russian Grand Prix as part of the 2020 calendar taking the total confirmed races to ten.
Eight races were previously scheduled for the season with an opportunity to add more depending on varying factors that include health safety of each location.
There have been talks about the addition of the Ferrari owned circuit to host a first-ever Grand Prix, F1 has confirmed that race is going to take place at Mugello in September thereby hosting Ferrari’s 1000th race in F1 history.
The race will hold on the weekend of September 11-13 after the Italian GP in Monza while the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom retained its original scheduled date of September 25-27.
Chairman and CEO of Formula 1 Chase Carey expressed delight at the confirmation of both GP.
“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.
“We had a great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.
“We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1,000th Grand Prix.
“Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.”
Mugello hosting Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th race has been tagged “Tuscany Ferrari 1000”, team principal Mattia Binotto is looking forward to an extraordinary anniversary at their home come September.
“To be able to celebrate an extraordinary anniversary like the thousandth Grand Prix for Scuderia Ferrari at our own home at Mugello is an incredible opportunity”, Binotto said.
“Mugello is not just one of the most spectacular and challenging tracks for drivers and cars, it is also a structure that has made sustainability one of its priorities. This commitment has taken it to levels of excellence both for Italy and the world.
“There are lots of people to whom we send thanks for turning this opportunity into reality, above all Formula 1’s chairman and CEO Chase Carey, who knows and appreciates the value that our team represents for this sport, to the extent that he was prepared to recognise this anniversary in the official name of the event.
“For me personally, Mugello is linked to the memories of so many days of testing that I have worked at along with the rest of the team in a bid to improve the car, sometimes dreaming of taking on our opponents there.
“To think that today we are about to have an event like a Grand Prix there – and the thousandth in our Formula 1 history no less is a wonderful feeling. “I can’t wait for that dream to come true on September 13.”