Start time:15:10 local | 14:10 GMT | 07:10 PT
The starting grid for the 2020 Tuscan Formula 1 Grand Prix below shows the start order for the first ever race to be held at the famous Mugello circuit near Florence.
It's also the 1000th race for Scuderia Ferrari on the track that's also owned by the team from Maranello.
F1 Starting Grid 2020 Tuscan GP
|Pos||No||Driver||Team||Lap Time||Pole gap|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1:15,509||+0,365s|
|4||23||Alexander Albon||Red Bull||1:15,954||+0,810s|
|6||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1:16,356||+1,212s|
|7||11||*Sergio Pérez||Racing Point||1:16,311||+1,167s|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1:17,870||+2,726s|
|10||31||Esteban Ocon||Renault||no time||-|
|13||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo||1:16,854||+1,710s|
|17||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1:17,220||+2,076s|
No. 11 car Sergio Perez has been penalised one grid place for causing a collision with Raikkonen during FP2
2020 Tuscan F1 GP Race Strategy
With Mugello being a brand new circuit where it's not so easy to overtake, with high speeds and close gaps as well, strategy is going to be all-important: especially as tyre wear and degradation is expected to be quite high. That degradation, on the Red soft tyre in particular, will be key to the strategy.
Both a one and a two-stop strategy are possible, but as always, the teams will try to complete the race with just one stop: especially those in the top 10 of the grid (all starting on the soft compound).
On paper, a two-stopper is actually slightly quicker for the 59-lap race. The fastest two-stopper consists of two stints of 19 laps on the soft tyre plus a 21-lap stint on the Yellow medium (perhaps in the middle stint). The second-fastest two-stopper uses just one stint on the soft of 16 laps, then two stints on the medium of 21 and 22 laps respectively.
Based on the tyres that the drivers have available, the one-stopper is slightly slower but very marginal on wear: starting on the soft tyre and then switching to the White hard on lap 22. This is the strategy that the top 10 on the grid seem likely to go for.
The slowest – but more flexible – one-stopper will be a medium-hard strategy, switching tyres on lap 26. As always, these strategies can all use the tyres in a different order, depending on individual race circumstances.
2020 Tuscan F1 GP Race Notes
- Strategy. All the drivers used the P Zero Red soft tyre from start to finish of qualifying, so the top 10 will all start on this compound. After the first stint, there are several options. With a new circuit and a close margin between a one-stopper and a two-stopper, there could be a variety of quite different race tactics tomorrow – which might make a crucial difference.
- Safety cars. Mugello it's an old school track with small run-off areas that are unforgiving of mistakes. Given the two red flags during FP2 yesterday, a safety car could be very possible tomorrow – and the team strategies have to be ready to react to that.
- Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver has also been consistently fast throughout the weekend so far, able to closely match Mercedes in both qualifying and race pace.
See Hamilton's pole lap onboard footage:
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