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Circuit

Mugello - ITA
02/06/2012

Circuit Mugello

Set in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Mugello is one of two circuits owned by Ferrari - the other being Fiorano.

The fast curves and rapid changes of direction render Mugello an ideal track for aerodynamic and other tests; at Fiorano, the mechanics and brakes are only gently worked. Along its 5 245 metre length, drivers have to negotiate fifteen curves, nine of them right-hand.

These right turns are particularly important in evaluating the balance of the chassis and can reveal the real limits of a vehicle. Mugello is a circuit where a mix of straights, fast and slow 'Ss', ascents and descents, and scorching slopes oblige the driver to stay concentrated throughout. (The stretch leading into Scarperia has a 9.5% slope.) One of the most exciting but technically difficult sections is the Casanova alla Scarperia curve.

Here, the driver has to have a perfect line, otherwise one mistake is amplified going into the following curve, rather like the way in which Maggotts and Becketts run into each other at Silverstone. The line through Casanova should lead to the best position to tackle the Savelli curve, and from this point into Arrabiata 1 and 2; two rights to be taken as one. The rather wide track allows the driver a number of racing lines and offers many overtaking points.