Mugello is rapid from the off. Its lap begins with a lengthy blast down a meandering main 'straight', none of its 15 corners are technically low speed, and several of them will test Formula 1's drivers to their limits. This track is to be loved and feared.
The undulating course in the Tuscan hills is a MotoGP paradise, famous for its close races and for being the scene of big accidents.
F1 is only here as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the massive redrawing of the 2020 calendar, and offered track owner Ferrari a chance to celebrate its 1000th world championship race in style. As this piece was being composed, costumed performers practiced a prancing horse/Florentine flag waving display opposite the pits, before rehearsals concluded to pounding techno. The venue is pure theatre.