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Max Verstappen advocates for Mugello in Formula 1 calendar

Red Bull's three-time World Champion, Max Verstappen, has voiced his preference for including Mugello, owned by Ferrari, in the Formula 1 calendar.

The Dutch driver expressed his admiration for the track's layout, citing the exhilarating experience of navigating its numerous fast corners in an F1 car.

In a recent appearance on the Talking Bull podcast, Verstappen explained, "For me, Mugello stands out because of the track layout. There are so many fast corners, and in an F1 car, it's so nice." Mugello, primarily known for MotoGP racing, made a one-off appearance on the F1 calendar in 2020 during the Covid-19-impacted season.

The 2020 Mugello Grand Prix was won by Lewis Hamilton, with Valtteri Bottas securing second place. However, Verstappen's race was cut short as he retired on the opening lap after a multi-car collision.

Reflecting on his dominant 2023 campaign, where he clinched the championship with 19 victories out of 22 races, Verstappen remains the favourite for the 2024 title. When asked about his approach for the upcoming season, he emphasized the importance of consistency and acknowledged the critical role of a competitive car in the championship fight.

Verstappen shared insights into his mindset for the 2024 campaign, stating, "Every year is a little bit different. It depends on how good the car is going to be. But I think you also just rely a lot on your experience." He highlighted the necessity of consistent performances as a key factor in pursuing championship success.

As the current 2023 F1 season concludes, teams and drivers are on a break until the new year. The 2024 season will commence with official F1 pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir from February 23-25, providing a glimpse into the competitive landscape for the upcoming championship battle.
 

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