Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc widely praised the Mugello circuit which held its first round of the world championship last weekend, the Tuscan Grand Prix. Seb and Charles tested at the Ferrari-owned circuit prior to the event, as the German driver said the cambered turns on the 46-year-old facility made it more satisfying to drive than many modern circuits.
“As a driver you like cambered corners and you hate off-camber,” he said in response to a question from RaceFans. “This track wasn’t designed by Tilke so there is not so much off-camber here. Normally the reason for the off-camber is for the water drainage but I think there is other solutions and therefore I always favour corners that have camber because they lead to more grip so it makes it more exciting.” – he explained.
However Seb believes the chaotic race which unfolded on Sunday, including one Safety Car period and two red flags, was not necessarily a reflection of Mugello’s layout.
“I don’t think that the race that we saw with three starts and red flags is a consequence of the track. I think we would all like to skip the first red flag because it was quite shocking what happened. But also despite everyone’s fears overtaking was actually possible around here. So maybe it would be nice to come back.” – he added.
Sebastian Vettel’s team mate Charles Leclerc was also surprised at how much overtaking took place – even if several of the passes came at the expense of his Ferrari.
“I actually really enjoyed this weekend and the track overall,” said Charles. “I would love to have it back on the normal calendar, it was very nice. It was also a special race day because there were a lot of red flags and everything. To be honest, before the race, I was a bit sceptical about how much people would overtake on this track. But after the race I have to say that there’s been quite a lot of overtakes, so surprisingly good on that matter. And the track is awesome so yes, I would love to be back.” – the Monegasque driver concluded.