Mugello (dpa) – Ferrari has a home race in Formula 1 for the second time in a row. After the bitter zero number in Monza, it should finally be back at the 1000th Grand Prix for the Scuderia on September 13 (3.10 p.m. / RTL and Sky ) in Mugello run better.
But the Italians around four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel are tempering expectations for the confrontation in Tuscany. For good reason.
Why is there a race in Mugello for the first time?
The circuit, about 35 kilometers north of Florence, will be premiered in the highest class of motorsport due to the pandemic of the corona virus. The Grand Prix of Tuscany slipped into the emergency calendar because it is not possible to drive in Asia or America this year. Owned by car manufacturer Ferrari, the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello has also served World Champion Michael Schumacher on important test drives in the past. On the high-speed circuit, De Kerpener ensured that the team could become a world champion racing team again.
Does this mean that Ferrari has a home advantage and is it the big favorite?
Certainly not. The current SF1000 of Vettel and colleague Charles Leclerc is too weak so far. Engine power is required on the hilly course – and the Reds can’t think of that. For the first time since 1995, no Ferrari had seen the checkered flag in Monza last Sunday. A similar shame should be avoided in front of your own fans. For the first time this season, 2880 spectators can come to the stands every day from Friday. Visitors must adhere to strict hygiene rules.
Could there be another surprise winner like in Monza?
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The first successful career of Frenchman Pierre Gasly at Alpha Tauri came together on Sunday in Monza. In the season, which was already dominated by permanent world champion Mercedes, it was a welcome change, but in Mugello too, it is mainly series winner Lewis Hamilton to beat. The 35-year-old Brit is well on his way to his seventh world title. This weekend he can already achieve Grand Prix success number 90 – only Michael Schumacher (91) has more, but must be caught up soon.
Is there a Schumacher in Formula 1 in Mugello?
No. Although there were initial indications on Wednesday that Mick Schumacher could complete the first free practice session for one of Ferrari’s customer teams on Friday, this will not (yet) happen. According to information from RTL and NTV, there are more and more signs that the 21-year-old son of Michael Schumacher will be in a Formula 1 cockpit for training this year. The youngster Schumacher last took his first Formula 2 victory in Monza. In the junior series he is also in Mugello and even fights for the overall victory.
And what will happen to Sebastian Vettel?
The Heppenheimer’s sporting future remains unclear, but a continuation of his career since Thursday night is more likely. Mexican Sergio Perez is emptying his cockpit at Racing Point at the end of the year and so should open the 33-year-old’s only remaining realistic exit after the end of the season. Vettel has to leave Ferrari at the end of the year. It has been rumored for months that a move to Racing Point in 2021 will become Aston Martin’s new factory team. There, Vettel could reportedly sign a three-year contract.