2020 F1 preview: Tuscan Grand Prix

For the first time in Formula 1 history, they will race at Mugello Circuit located in Tuscany, Italy. The track is 3.26 miles and 59 laps will be run to determine the first winner of the Tuscan Grand Prix. Also, this is the 1,000th race for Ferrari.

This race has a tough act to follow after last week’s thrilling Italian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton went to the pits when pit lane was closed, drawing a 10-second stop and go penalty. After Kevin Magnussen stopped to bring out the safety car and Charles Leclerc crashed, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz moved to the front. Gasly took the lead after Hamilton served his penalty and held off Sainz on the final lap to pick up his first career F1 win.

For F1 fans, it was a nice change of pace from the dominance of Mercedes and Max Verstappen. For Gasly, it was especially sweet a year after being dumped by Red Bull Racing and gaining his second podium in the last year (other was the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix).

Hamilton once again was on the podium, his eighth consecutive. He has won five of the eight races this season but lost two of them due to penalties. His Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, starts second following a rough Italian GP, which saw him finish fifth despite Hamilton’s penalty.

Verstappen starts third after not finishing at Monza last weekend due to engine problems. As a result, Bottas took second place back from Verstappen in the driver standings. His teammate, Alexander Albon, starts fourth after finishing 15th last weekend.

Leclerc did not finish in two of his last three races and the race he did finish during that stretch, he finished 14th. Ferrari is hoping this special milestone race ends in success as Leclerc qualified fifth.

Behind him are the two Racing Point drivers, Sergio Perez, who is leaving the team after this season, and Lance Stroll, who earned his second career podium finish last week at Monza. They will start sixth and seventh respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo starts eighth, Sainz starts ninth and Esteban Ocon rounds out the top 10.

Sebastian Vettel, who will join Aston Martin (currently Racing Point) next season, once again qualified outside the top 10 with a 14th place run in qualifying.

Coverage for the Tuscan Grand Prix will begin at 9:00 a.m. EST. If you are watching in the United States, the race will air on ESPN2.

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