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11 days ago

Jolyon Palmer column: Mugello offers lessons to F1 on sanitised circuits

The Tuscan Grand Prix was a reminder of the benefits of a good old-fashioned classic circuit, as Lewis Hamilton triumphed in a chaotic, action-packed, incident-strewn race.

It kept Formula 1's positive momentum with back-to-back exciting races over two weekends in Italy.

Mugello was making its debut as an F1 race venue last weekend, but the circuit was built in 1974 and has kept its original layout. That gives it an old-school feel of fast, flowing corners and punishing run-off areas.

Essentially, it's not a circuit that's designed for F1. Mugello is a major venue in bike racing and Monza is the home of cars in Italy. But Mugello needed little tinkering to make it acceptable to 21st Century F1.

Its age, and the fact it was new to F1, meant there were no asphalt run-offs, which plague pretty much every permanent grand prix venue. And while it remains up to FIA grade 1 safety specification - required to host F1 - the walls seem relatively close in some of the faster corners as well.

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