Date published: September 16 2020

After their first taste of Mugello in a Formula 1 car, there is widespread support for the track to return to the calendar in future.

The old-school, high speed circuit is one of the all-time classic venues and has helped form part of the revised 2020 schedule after the original calendar was hit by delays and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There was a fear amongst the paddock that qualifying would be the only entertaining element of the weekend, but the race did deliver with two red flags contributing to a chaotic Sunday afternoon.

With Monza very much the home of the Italian Grand Prix, it will be difficult for Mugello to claim a regular place on the usual schedule. However, the drivers would like to see it happen.

“I think we all feared we would love it in qualifying but kind of hate it in the race, with being unable to follow,” Daniel Ricciardo said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.

“But it certainly provided a much better race than anticipated. It was one of the most exciting races of the year, not even close to boring.

“I think many drivers would like to come back. Obviously, we’ve got Monza as an Italian race, which we all love as well. So I don’t want it to come at the expense of Monza. But if we could have this one as well, then that would be nice.”

Mugello Tuscan GP restart crash

Charles Leclerc is also a fan having been part of Ferrari’s landmark 1000th F1 race at Mugello.

“I actually really enjoyed this weekend and the track overall, so yes I would love to have it back on the normal calendar,” he said.

“Then it was also a special race because there were a lot of red flags and everything, but to be honest, before the race, I was a bit sceptical about how much we could overtake on this track, but after the race, there have been quite a lot of overtakes.

“Surprisingly good on that matter, and the track is awesome. So yes, I would love to be back.”

Eventual race winner, Lewis Hamilton, said he loved the challenge that Mugello provided throughout the weekend.

“I personally love it,” Hamilton remarked.

“I don’t know how it was for the racing, but it was one of the toughest tracks to drive, I think being that it’s medium and high-speed.

“But it’s a fantastic circuit, and I don’t think it was too dangerous. I think it’s more old-school with the run-off areas and the gravel, so I hope they don’t change that, and I would love to come back.”

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