The peculiar case of the 2020 Formula 1 season has managed to bring about some exciting possibilities. While the first 8 races were confirmed over a month ago and we’ve already had a sensational season opener at the Red Bull Ring, F1 has now announced the next two rounds as well.

Making its debut on the F1 calendar will be the Mugello Circuit, an Italian track that is actually owned by Ferrari themselves. It will host the ninth race of the season, right after Monza. In a moment of marketing synergy, the Mugello F1 GP will also happen to be Ferrari’s 1000th Formula 1 race. I get the feeling this may not go the way the red team hopes it will, based on what happened with Mercedes at the German GP last year.

The Mugello circuit is actually a very nice circuit and a regular on the MotoGP calendar. Set in Tuscany, the scenic track also features enough elevation changes for a fast and flowy feel around its layout.

Formel 1 – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Großer Preis von Russland 2019. Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2019. Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas

Sadly the one after that would be one of the worst-looking F1 tracks in recent years – the Sochi Autodrom street circuit. Added to the calendar in 2014, the Russian GP has been dominated by Mercedes who have won every time. It has been a snooze fest for the lead each time but it could provide some excitement in the middle order, especially that large C-shaped left turn.

RoundTrackDates
9Mugello, Italy11-13 September
10Sochi, Russia25-27 September

Ross Brawn had already stated that the Bahrain and UAE circuits will host the end of the season in the winter. The sport might look at options of heading over to the Americas between the European section and the West Asian region while the China and Vietnam races are yet to be decided.

We’ll be tuning in to the Austrian doubleheader tomorrow so be sure to subscribe to the Auto Loons to be notified when we put out our race report. Who do you think will win this time? Does Red Bull have the opportunity to get a driver on the top step this time? Will there be another middle-order team on the podium this time around? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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