S ebastian Vettel likes old racetracks. Because they remind him of a time when he would have loved to drive. The beautiful natural arena of Mugello has done it to him, even if it is not an ideal test track. But in Mugello the drivers get their money's worth. You love fast corners. 'There is hardly a race track like Mugello these days. At most in Suzuka and Spa.' When asked what grade he would give Mugello, Vettel doesn't have to think twice. 'A 10 out of 10.'
Mugello is very fast
The champion has ten laps needed until he had the 5.245 kilometer route under control. 'There are a few blind corners and crests where you can't see where you are going. And in the Arrabiata corners you don't stop right on the first lap. I also had a problem with the seat at the beginning. He Slipped back and forth. That's the last thing you need on such a fast route. ' When Vettel had warmed up, the passage Savelli-Arrabiata 1-Arrabiata 2 was full in sixth gear. 'That's 260 km /h,' explains Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli.
The run-off zones are still fairly tight in some passages. 'You don't want to take off in some bends, but of course you don't think about that while driving,' laughs Vettel.
His compatriot Nico Hülkenberg came to Mugello with previous knowledge. 'I drove here in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2008. The route was extremely fast in Formula 3. You drive everything up from third gear. I'm curious what it feels like in a Formula 1 car.'
Timo Glock, on the other hand, was only moderately impressed. 'The fast corners are fun. But if you've driven them three times, the kick is gone. I'd rather have a little more variety. So I don't care whether test drives take place in Mugello or Barcelona.'