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Imola and Mugello belong on the F1 calendar “from a sporting point of view” · RaceFans

Daniil Kvyat says the two Italian tracks which have been added to the 2020 F1 calendar deserve their places because of the challenge they offer drivers.

Last week Formula 1 confirmed the championship will return to Imola later this year, for the first time since 2006. It had already added Mugello to the schedule, which has been heavily revised as a result of the global pandemic, meaning three races will be held in Italy this year.

“I’ve always been fond of the idea of having Imola, Monza and Mugello on the calendar,” said Kvyat, who spent much of his early motor racing career in Italy.

“I thought it would be like a bit of a dream because I think all these tracks really deserve to be in the Formula 1 calendar from a sporting point of view. I don’t know about politically and everything else, but I always loved those tracks.”

Imola was a fixture on the F1 calendar between 1980 and 2006. The Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit, meanwhile, will hold its first ever F1 race in September.

Kvyat won a double-header event at the Tuscan track on his way to the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship title in 2012.

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“Mugello, I did one [round] in Formula Renault 2.0,” he said. “I really enjoyed the track. I think we will also be able to enjoy it very much in a Formula 1 car.

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Mugello circuit information

“It’s very fast corners, very cool and enjoyable to drive. I think with modern cars it will be really cool. So it’s really cool to have these three tracks on the calendar. I think it’s great.”

Kvyat and AlphaTauri team mate Pierre Gasly (pictured) tested at Imola earlier this year. Gasly also rates Mugello highly. “It’s a fantastic track,” he said. “I had one experience in Formula Renault 2.0 as well.

“I really enjoyed driving there, really high speed corners. And I think in Formula 1 it’s going to be again a step better and a really impressive track for these kind of cars. So I’m really looking forward to go there.

“Plus with the Formula 1 culture in Italy, by that time I don’t know if this whole situation will be better with the Covid, but if we could have the spectators and the fans coming that would be just amazing. So let’s see how the situation will evolve.

“But on our side, drivers and the driving side, I think it’s going to be really enjoyable to go there with F1 cars.”

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