Mugello to make F1 debut as Russian GP also confirmed for September

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Formula 1 will head to Mugello for the first time this September as two more races were confirmed on the 2020 calendar.

The Italian circuit, best known for hosting MotoGP, is owned by Ferrari and the Scuderia will now celebrate its 1000th race in F1 at the track, one week following the Italian Grand Prix a Monza on September 13.

Also announced was the Russian GP will take place on September 27 at Sochi, taking the total number of official races for the 2020 season to 10.

F1 is still focused on trying to deliver at least 15 rounds in this delayed championship due to Covid-19.

And another new venue at Portimao is also expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks, which would mark F1's first race in Portugal since 1996, the last Grand Prix held at the famed Estoril circuit.

At the same time though, new questions are being raised over the Chinese GP after the government said international sports events would be very limited through the end of the year.

This is in addition to the uncertainty over F1's races in the Americas, with the USA, Mexico and Brazil still struggling with high numbers of new coronavirus cases.

But this week, the chairman of Hanoi voiced support for hosting the inaugural Vietnam GP in November, while Imola and Hockenheim are also still European options should F1 need them.