This brings the total number of confirmed races for 2020 to 10. Formula 1 previously announced its intention to stage a 15 to 18 race season, and this is another step in meeting that target. 

First time round for Mugello

Though Sochi is relatively new on the F1 calendar, it is Mugello in the Tuscany region of Italy that will host a Formula 1 race for the first time. 

Mugello has seen a number of F1 tests on its surface but never a full F1 race weekend. The undulating 5.3km race track is one of the faster tracks on the calendar. 

Ferrari on home turf

It is also Ferrari’s home track, just 112km from Maranello, where it tests a number of their sports cars and it is where Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc tested in June before the new 2020 season got under way.

Racing there from 11 to 13 September will mean Ferrari will celebrate their 1 000th Grand Prix at their home circuit. With the Monza race the weekend before, it will be one of the strangest parts of the season if these races take place without fans. This is yet to be confirmed. 

Russian Grand Prix a ‘major moment’

Formula 1 chairperson and CEO Chase Carey said: “The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September.

The Sochi Autodrom – a street circuit built around Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia.

“We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000 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 Italy will take place from 11 to 13 September. 
  • Sochi Russia will take place from 25 to 27 September.
Author: Onlineautos