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Mugello Circuit

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Mugello Circuit
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CircuitMugello Circuit
CountryItaly
LocationMugello
Timezone+01:00

The Mugello Circuit, also known as Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, is owned by Ferrari, and plays host to Italian motorcycle racing, DTM and Formula One testing. The track is used by Ferrari for their own personal testing, but has also played host to the full field for testing. In 2012, it was the track used for the three-day May test, before mid-season sessions were banned again.

F1 history

The Mugello track has hosted motorsports since the early 1900s, but in those days it was on public roads. Its popularity wavered, until the permanent circuit was created, and Ferrari started to take an interest. The track now prides itself on its safety record, and technologically advanced facilities. With wide run-off areas, the track isn't particularly punishing in terms of racing, but the leniency on mistakes makes it an ideal testing track.

With elevation changes through the forests in Italy, the track invites passionate Italian motorsports fans to watch the action, and can equally close itself to allow Ferrari to invest some time in private testing. During the 2012 mid-season test, several drivers praised the circuit, including triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who said: "It's unfortunate we don't have this track on the calendar. It's incredible, with a lot of high-speed corners."