Formula One heads to Mugello this weekend for the first time in history for the inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton looks to bounce back from an unpredictable and chaotic race last time out in Monza.
The sport has barely recovered from Pierre Gasly’s maiden victory for AlphaTauri, a triumph that brought a feel-good factor sweeping through everyone involved as the exiled Red Bull driver achieved the first win of his career after a tricky 18 months.
For championship contenders Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, it was a race to forget as the two Mercedes drivers both missed out on the podium for very different reasons, while Verstappen failed to make the chequered flag due to a power unit failure.
But the disaster weekend went to home outfit Ferrari, with the Italian team seeing their embarrassment of starting 13th and 17th compounded by a double retirement, with Sebastian Vettel suffering a brake failure and Charles Leclerc crashing out in frightening circumstances on the exit of the Parabolica.
With more uncertainty on the cards given that none of the drivers have completed a Formula One race at Mugello before – with only Ferrari holding a slight advantage from pre-season testing at the Italian track – it will not be clear until Friday morning to see who holds the advantage this weekend.
Here’s everything you need to know about the ninth round of the 2020 F1 season.
When is it?
The Tuscan Grand Prix takes place across 4-6 September 2020.
How can I watch it?
All European races will be held behind closed doors, meaning that the only way fans will be able to see the action is on television.
In the UK, Sky Sports continue to hold the exclusive rights for F1, with Channel 4 only able to show the British Grand Prix live as they are restricted to highlights coverage the rest of the year.
If you’re not a Sky customer you can purchase a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
What time does each session start?
Free practice 1: 10am – 11:30pm BST
Free practice 2: 2pm – 3:30pm BST
Free practice 3: 11am – 12pm BST
Qualifying: 2pm – 3pm BST
Race: 2:10pm – 4:10pm BST
Here’s how Sky and Channel 4 plan to show the Tuscan Grand Prix
Free practice 1: 10am – 11:50m BST – (Sky Sports F1)
Free practice 2: 1:45pm – 3:45pm BST (Sky Sports F1)
Free practice 3: 10:45am – 12:10pm BST (Sky Sports F1)
Qualifying: 1pm – 3:35pm BST (Sky Sports F1)
Race: 12:30pm – 5pm BST (Sky Sports F1)
Highlights: 6:30pm – 9pm BST (Channel 4), 11:30pm – 12:30pm BST (Sky Sports F1)
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How many fans can attend?
Up to 2,880 fans will be allowed to attend Mugello on each day, with 1,000 located in the main Tribuna Centrale grandstand on the start/finish straight and another 1,000 in the Tribuna Materassi grandstand between Turn 3 and Turn 4. An additional 880 tickets are available for Scuderia Ferrari club members, who will be located in the Tribuna 58 stand on the exit of Turn 8.
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