The Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello is a permanent racing circuit near Scarperia e San Piero, in Tuscany. The track opened in 1974, replacing a 66.2 km road course that had been in use since 1919. The track measures 5.245 km/3.259 miles with 15 turns, and has grandstand seating for about 50,000.
On 10 July 2020 it was announced that Mugello would host its first FIA Formula One World Championship Grand Prix on 13 September 2020 as the ninth round of the 2020 season. The Tuscan Grand Prix as it was to be known would be notable as the 1000th factory entry for Ferrari in F1, at a circuit owned by the Italian manufacturer.
Racing began on a 66 km public road circuit in 1919. The circuit, going through the scenic hills of Tuscany, was a popular one with competitors and spectators alike. The advent of the Mille Miglia, often passing through or near the area, diminished the circuit's popularity somewhat, but after the demise of that event in the late 1950s, Mugello once again became popular.
A local custom of the events later collided with the growing demands of safety. While the public roads were closed off during qualifying and races, ordinary practice was run with the roads astonishingly open to the public. This came to a head in 1970 when a competitor crashed into a group people walking, killing a young baby and seriously injuring several others. The road circuit was immediately closed, and what had been hypothetical discussions of a permanent circuit gained a level of urgency.
Grand Prix Winners at MugelloEdit
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