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In Words: Mighty Mugello

September 9, 2020
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Checo and Lance recall Mugello memories

Formula 1 cars taking to the high-speed and ultra-challenging Mugello circuit will be an amazing sight today! But while few drivers have experience of the Italian circuit, our boys do.

Before they jump into their RP20s, we’ve sat them both down to preview the coming weekend!

Lance, you’ve won at Mugello in your junior single-seater career, so what’s your standout memory?

“I remember it being a very high-speed circuit and a super-fast lap. It definitely requires bravery!”

Checo, you’ve tested at Mugello before, so how familiar are you with the circuit?

“Testing [2012] was the last time I drove at Mugello, so I can’t say I’m very familiar! I’ve watched plenty of onboards, of course, but that only helps so much.

“We’ll have to get up to speed as we go during the weekend and that’s going to be a big test for everyone.”

Lance, Checo. What’s the main challenge of going to a circuit where you’ve not raced a Formula 1 car before?

Lance: “We are all in the same boat, facing the same challenge, which levels the playing field.

“We won’t prepare any differently – we go through the usual motions of the weekend. We just don’t have that experience to fall back on, so we’re starting from scratch!”

Checo: “It’s a real challenge for sure. Sometimes you can make a mistake at one corner and it can disrupt your rhythm, so it takes time to acclimatise.

“It’s about being efficient with track time. I’ll watch a lot of videos to help get up to speed.”


Lance, there’s plenty of anticipation for qualifying at Mugello. How exciting do you think it’ll be?

“It’s such a high-speed lap and the cars will feel great with low fuel! There will be definite goosebumps in the car and hopefully for the fans at home too.

“I don’t expect there to be a lot of overtaking in the race, so qualifying will be even more important and everybody will be going all out.”

Importantly, Checo, it’s another week of Italian food too…

“That’s very good news. I love Italian food; it’s my second favourite after Mexican!”

Checo and Lance recall Mugello memories

Formula 1 cars taking to the high-speed and ultra-challenging Mugello circuit will be an amazing sight today! But while few drivers have experience of the Italian circuit, our boys do.

Before they jump into their RP20s, we’ve sat them both down to preview the coming weekend!

Lance, you’ve won at Mugello in your junior single-seater career, so what’s your standout memory?

“I remember it being a very high-speed circuit and a super-fast lap. It definitely requires bravery!”

Checo, you’ve tested at Mugello before, so how familiar are you with the circuit?

“Testing [2012] was the last time I drove at Mugello, so I can’t say I’m very familiar! I’ve watched plenty of onboards, of course, but that only helps so much.

“We’ll have to get up to speed as we go during the weekend and that’s going to be a big test for everyone.”

Lance, Checo. What’s the main challenge of going to a circuit where you’ve not raced a Formula 1 car before?

Lance: “We are all in the same boat, facing the same challenge, which levels the playing field.

“We won’t prepare any differently – we go through the usual motions of the weekend. We just don’t have that experience to fall back on, so we’re starting from scratch!”

Checo: “It’s a real challenge for sure. Sometimes you can make a mistake at one corner and it can disrupt your rhythm, so it takes time to acclimatise.

“It’s about being efficient with track time. I’ll watch a lot of videos to help get up to speed.”


Lance, there’s plenty of anticipation for qualifying at Mugello. How exciting do you think it’ll be?

“It’s such a high-speed lap and the cars will feel great with low fuel! There will be definite goosebumps in the car and hopefully for the fans at home too.

“I don’t expect there to be a lot of overtaking in the race, so qualifying will be even more important and everybody will be going all out.”

Importantly, Checo, it’s another week of Italian food too…

“That’s very good news. I love Italian food; it’s my second favourite after Mexican!”

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