In a difficult season, there are few reasons for the Scuderia to celebrate. But at Mugello, racing cars with prancing horses will compete in what will be their 1000th Grand Prix in the Formula 1 World Championship. The opportunity to use a special livery for their two single-seaters.
The SF1000 will indeed be adorned with the red, darker, which was used in 1950, on the occasion of Ferrari's first laps in the premier discipline, during the Monaco GP. Other surprises should be expected. Attention all the more symbolic as this 1000th takes place on a circuit which is the property of the Italian firm and which was added at the last moment to the calendar in this season disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will also be the first race that will be able to welcome the public since 2,800 people per day, spread over three stands, will be authorized during this unprecedented GP of Tuscany. The prices announced at the beginning of last week, and which had caused a reaction because they were considered particularly high in a difficult context, have already been halved by the organizers.
After two very complicated races, the finish at Mugello, a track where aerodynamic downforce will play a greater role than at Spa and Monza, should allow Ferrari to be less in difficulty. However, as things stand, work needs to be done in Maranello to land in conquered land in the best possible conditions.
Indeed, the Italian GP ended prematurely for the two SF1000s. Sebastian Vettel, at first, suffered from a big brake problem from the first few laps of the race at Monza, forcing him to pull straight into the loophole of the first corner before giving up. Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, found himself in the top 5 thanks to racing events before crashing into the Parabolique, destroying his car and resulting in a red flag. It remains to be seen whether the chassis can be reused.
According to our information, Vettel was certainly driving at Monza with a body which had been changed in order to allow the one used in Belgium to be repainted in the colors of 1950.
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