Formula 1: Tuscan Grand Prix
Venue: Mugello, Italy.
Date: 12th September 2020
Following the drama of the Italian Grand Prix, the F1 merry-go-round moves on to Mugello. Whilst Ferrari aren’t believed to be one of the key contenders at their home track, Pierre Gasly’s impressive win at Monza last weekend showed that the 2020 season is more open than people may have originally thought. Lewis Hamilton remains the dominant force in the standings and his lead of 50 points over fellow Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas puts him the Brit in a dominant position. Elsewhere, the 2020 struggles of Ferrari and Red Bull continue, and they will be looking to start picking up meaningful points whilst Racing Point and McLaren will be continuing to attempt to upset the established order in the Championship.
With only 9 races to go in the truncated Formula One season, it is very much now or never for some drivers and teams at Mugello here: –
Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has been in imperious form once again in 2020 and he will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing showing at Monza last week.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas has a win already under his belt this season and he too will be looking to respond after a tough week last time out at the Italian Grand Prix.
Red Bull have high hopes for Max Verstappen, who continues to push the Mercedes boys all the way and a win here would really do him and his team some good.
The fairy tale scenario for Ferrari would be if Charles Leclerc were to get over the line here and whilst it looks unlikely, Pierre Gasly’s win last week proves that anything can happen.
First Driver to Retire
The cut and thrust of the Mugello circuit has put pay to many drivers historically and this weekend’s Grand Prix looks set to be no different:-
Haas have struggled as a team for a couple of seasons now and Romain Grosjean’s tendency to get caught up in needless scuffles, often costs him his place in the race.
Ferrari have endured a really tough time of things lately and with Sebastien Vettel set to leave the team at the end of the season, morale in the camp appears to be rather low.
Top Six Finish
2020 has thrown up its fair share of thrills and spills already this season and there will be plenty of racers fancying their chances of cracking the top 6 at Mugello this weekend:-
Brit Lando Norris has been one of the emerging drivers of the season so far in 2020 – and few would bet against him being in the points again here.
Red Bull look to have a quick car and whilst Alexander Albon hasn’t been in the best of form so far this season, he will hope to come good here.
Frenchman Pierre Gasly produced a stunning performance to win at Monza last weekend and he will be keen to show that it was not just a flash in the pan and back it up this week in Mugello.
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Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton – 0.45