Mugello and Sochi to host 2020 F1 rounds

Two new rounds have been added to the F1 calendar, with Mugello Circuit making its debut as a Grand Prix track and the Russian Grand Prix returning at Sochi.

F1 boss Chase Carey also said there’d be further announcements on the next races on the calendar in the coming weeks.

Mugello will take the title of the Tuscan Grand Prix, sponsored by Ferrari in their 1000th race, on 13 September, the week after Monza.

It hosted a Ferrari shakedown test earlier this year, was the official F1 preseason test in 2012, and was a regular feature on the Formula 3000 calendar from 1974 to 2000 – Patrick Depailler and Ricardo Zonta the most notable winners.

Carey said: “We had great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.

“Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.

“The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September. We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrariā€™s 1000 Grand Prix.”

The Sochi Autodrom will host the eighth Russian Grand Prix and is selling tickets, which marks a step forward as all the rounds up to then are running without fans.

Last season it was the scene of a flashpoint of the Ferrari intra-team rivalry, as Charles Leclerc allowed Sebastian Vettel into the lead at the start with the expectation that he’d return to first once they’d cleared the Mercedes.

However, Vettel refused to allow his teammate through and Ferrari had to engineer a switch in the pitstops, before the German retired with engine failure halfway through.

Mercedes has won every race at Sochi, with Lewis Hamilton taking four wins and Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas also taking victories on the circuit.