Top F1 drivers hope to return to 'old school' Mugello

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Formula 1's top drivers gave a resounding thumbs up to the Mugello circuit, hoping the "old school" challenging venue finds a permanent spot on the sport's calendar in the future.

Mugello's stunning settings in the Tuscan countryside combined with its stirring layout of medium and high-speed corners was given a ringing endorsement by drivers and team members alike starting with Sunday's winner Lewis Hamilton.

"I personally love it, it was one of the toughest tracks to drive, I think being that it’s medium and high speed but it’s a fantastic circuit," said the Mercedes star.

"I think it’s more old-school with the run-off areas and the gravel so I hope they don’t change that and I would love to come back."

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was equally enthusiastic about the picturesque venue.

"I think it’s great, I think it should be in the calendar every year."

Whether the Ferrari-owned circuit will reappear on F1's schedule in 2021 will likely depend on the world's return to a semblance of normalcy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Formula 1 is hoping to put together a normal calendar next year which implies the return of races in Asia and on the American continent, a prospect that would likely complicate Mugello's perpetuation on Grand Prix racing's agenda.

Yet Charles Leclerc also hopes the "awesome" Tuscan Grand Prix returns.

"I actually really enjoyed this weekend and the track overall, so yes I would love to have it back on the normal calendar," said the Monegasque.

"Before the race, I was a bit sceptical about how much we could overtake on this track, but after the race, I have to say the overtakes, there have been quite a lot of overtakes.

"The track is awesome, so yes, I would love to be back."

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