“It’s something on which we worked hard together with F1 to make it happen,” said Binotto, “It’s special because it’s a double race in Italy, but because it could be our 1000th grand prix.
“You can see in the name of the grand prix itself officially, the ‘Grand Prix of Toscana Ferrari 1000’. Which is something very important as first because we are the only team celebrating the 1000th – after us we’ll need to wait a long time before another team may do that.
“So simply to celebrate it in Italy and in Mugello which is our own circuit, Ferrari circuit, I think that’s something special.
“I have to thank certainly Chase [Carey, F1 CEO and chairman] for the opportunity. I have to thank certainly the circuit and the region Tuscany to make it happen because at the end it’s something of which we are very happy.”
Binotto says drivers will find the high-speed layout a challenge. “Mugello is a great circuit,” he said. “It’s very demanding, very exciting.
“I’ve been there myself [for the first time in] 1996, obviously as an engineer, but it was a great period, we were staying there many days so I know it very well. And I think that for me I’ve been there so many times, finally doing a single race there it’s something exciting.
“So it’s great news, we were waiting for it and now we can say it’s official.”
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