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Mugello improvements unveiled in Italy

Mugello improvements unveiled in Italy

Significant improvements have been made to the Mugello circuit which hosts the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice on 3rd June.

Significant improvements have been made to the Mugello circuit which hosts the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice on 3rd June.

An entrance in the shape of a crash helmet, an increase in the size of the run-off at the "Arrabbiata 1" corner, the building of new panoramic viewing grandstands and a new press office. These are some of the most significant changes for the Autodromo del Mugello, the Tuscan circuit owned by Ferrari, which were unveiled at an event yesterday - which was attended by Ferrari Sporting Director, Stefano Domenicali and the circuit director, Fausto Cappi.

"We have taken the first step in Mugello's new season," commented Domenicali. "It's a venue we really believe in and we have a further programme of development for it which comprises improvements that are both aesthetic and functional to the control tower and the creation of a unique natural viewing area for the public between the Scarperia and Correntaio corners."

The overall changes made to Mugello have led to an increase in the logistical equipment of the entire facility. The main entrance features a gateway in the shape of a crash helmet, while the new escape road for Arrabbiata 1 covers an area of 11,500 square metres with an increase in width of around 30 metres: now, the two Arrabbiata turns are joined by a single escape road, over 280 metres in length.

The philosophy behind the changes was summed up by Fausto Cappi, the man in charge of the Autodromi Ferrari organisation, comprising the circuits at Mugello and Fiorano, as part of the Ferrari Direzione Sportiva, headed up by Stefano Domenicali.

"The focus of our work have been the needs of the main users of the circuit; the drivers and spectators, to ensure maximum safety for the former and the quality of the welcome and enjoyment provided to the latter."

Now, the arrival of the MotoGP world championship is imminent. For the Italian Grand Prix, that takes place on 3 June, there will be 20,000 grandstand seats. The Materassi stand has been extended, with an 8,000 capacity, while the others are the Correntaio-Ducati stand (3,000 seats), Central (5,000 covered seats) and the Poggio Secco stand (4,000 seats) - all positioned at key points around the track and each with their own giant screens. Finally, advanced ticket sales continue until 27 May, offering a front row view.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE

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