F1 Tuscan Grand Prix practice LIVE: Follow all the very latest ahead of the big race on Sunday

F1 Tuscan Grand Prix practice LIVE: Follow all the very latest ahead of the big race on Sunday

FORMULA ONE is in Italy for an extra special 1000th Grand Prix TODAY.

For the first time this season, spectators have been allowed into the track to watch as Lewis Hamilton looks to bounce back from the disappointment of Monza last weekend – and he's on pole for the big race this afternoon.

Follow all the latest with our live blog below…

  • GO WITH THE FLO

    There was a party in Florence last night to celebrate Ferrari's history.

    Current driver Charles Leclerc said: “It's a bit of a different mood because of the whole situation with Covid there are less people here.

    “But it's still special and hopefully we can have a special race for the team.”

  • 1000

    So Ferrari are celebrating their 1000th race in F1 this weekend, at a circuit they own in Florence.

    The mood is tempered a bit by the current Covid situation and their dismal form.

    But make no mistake, Ferrari are F1 and the sport would be lost without them.

    An incredible history and plenty to celebrate for the Italian side.

  • LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

    Mick Schumacher is currently on track driving his dad's 2004 world championship winning car around the track.

    This is Ferrari's 1000th race in Formula One and what a special moment this is to see in Mugello.

  • FAN FRENZY

    And some great news this weekend… we have fans at an F1 race.

    2,800 were here yesterday for qualifying.

    So refreshing to see.

  • TUSCAN GOLD

    Many feared that the F1 cars would be too big for this track that is mainly used by motorcycles.

    But it's been so far so good from Mugello, in terms of the F1 weekend and also the support races.

    There's been plenty of overtaking at this track in the races we've seen so far.

    Sky Sports' Johnny Herbert thinks into turn one is the best option to pass.

  • Lewis Hamilton starts on pole today for the 95th time in his career

  • LIGHTS OUT

    F1 is staying in Italy for its 1000th race, with the big race set for TODAY – Sunday, September 13.

    It will be lights out at 2.10pm BST.

    Lewis Hamilton will be starting from pole.

  • GOOD MORNING RACING FANS

    Lewis Hamilton grabbed the 95th pole of his career yesterday ahead of today’s Tuscan GP.

    Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas came in second with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.

    And Hamilton admitted it was not easy.

    He said: ““It has been a tough weekend if I am honest. Valtteri was quicker than me all day on Friday and on Saturday morning.

    “So I was working hard in the background, improving my lines and my set up and I finally got the lap I needed.

    “Normally, I tend to think my strength is learning a circuit quickly and for this one, I went on the simulator, which I never do.

    “But I still arrived here with a lot of work to do and the pressure was high. I was struggling to get to the limit on certain sectors, so the pressure was higher than ever.

    “I had to dissect each corner and find the right set up and a lot of work went into it with the engineers. That is the strength, the work we do behind the scenes.”

    After qualifying was complete, it emerged Mercedes will turn their attention to signing up Hamilton to a new contract after this weekend.

    Hamilton, 35, is expected to sign a new deal that will keep him with the team for another three-seasons, worth around £30million a year.

    Merc boss, Toto Wolff said: “This is a work in progress, and I wouldn't want to commit to a specific date.

    “We get on very well, but then when it comes down to the detail, you just need enough time to do that.

    “With one race after the other, we don't want to really be distracted by contract talks.

    “In between the larger gaps, like next week, we're moving towards a satisfactory outcome but I don't know when it will be announced.”

  • SUNDAY STANDINGS

    Here is the full grid lineup for Sunday's Tuscan GP.

  • FER-NOMENAL NUMBERS

    Ferrari have clocked up some huge stats on their way to their 1,000th Grand Prix this weekend.

  • CHAR-VELLOUS

    Charles Leclerc did not hold back as he celebrated his performance in P5 this afternoon!

  • ANNI-FER-SARY

    Ferrari were presented with a commemorative tire at the Tuscan GP today to mark their 1,000th Grand Prix.

  • TAKE A LEW-K AT THAT

    Lewis Hamilton set a new track record as he bagged his 95th career pole at the Tuscan GP qualifying this afternoon.

  • HE'S AN OCON-NER

    Esteban Ocon claimed he pushed his car too hard as he crashed out of qualifying at Mugello today.

    He span out at turn five but said he does not regret his decision.

  • SIGN HAM UP

    Mercedes will turn their attention to signing up Lewis Hamilton to a new contract after this weekend's Tuscan GP.

    Hamilton, 35, is expected to sign a new deal that will keep him with the team for another three-seasons, worth around £30million a year.

    Merc boss, Toto Wolff said: “This is a work in progress, and I wouldn't want to commit to a specific date.

    “We get on very well, but then when it comes down to the detail, you just need enough time to do that.

    “With one race after the other, we don't want to really be distracted by contract talks.

    “In between the larger gaps, like next week, we're moving towards a satisfactory outcome but I don't know when it will be announced.”

  • HAMILTON SPEAKS

    Lewis Hamilton grabs his 95th pole of his career, but he admits it hasn't been an easy weekend: “It has been a tough weekend if I am honest. Valtteri was quicker than me all day on Friday and on Saturday morning.
    “So I was working hard in the background, improving my lines and my set up and I finally got the lap I needed.
    “Normally, I tend to think my strength is learning a circuit quickly and for this one, I went on the simulator, which I never do.
    “But I still arrived here with a lot of work to do and the pressure was high. I was struggling to get to the limit on certain sectors, so the pressure was higher than ever.
    “I had to dissect each corner and find the right set up and a lot of work went into it with the engineers. That is the strength, the work we do behind the scenes.”

  • VERSTAPPEN TWEETS

    Max Verstappen has tweeted after his successful afternoon qualifying which sees him sit P3.

  • SEVEN HEAVEN

    Lewis Hamilton takes his seventh pole of the season.

  • LEWIS TAKES POLL

    Lewis Hamilton spoke after today's qualifying: “This track is phenomenal. It’s a really challenging circuit.

    “I’ve been working so hard in the background to improve on my lines and set up. I finally got the lap I needed”

  • TRAILBLAZER

    Hamilton takes pole position ahead of tomorrow's race!

  • HAMILTON TAKES POLE POSITION FOR THE TUSCAN GP

    Bottas qualifies in second. Verstappen will start third and Albon in fourth.

  • FINAL ATTEMPT AT POLE

    Hamilton will go first, Bottas has the benefit of the better track condition but runs the risk of traffic.

  • FIVE MINUTES TO GO

    Can Bottas go quicker? He has been on top all weekend – until now.

  • HAMILTON TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE

    The Brit draws first blood, beating Bottas by a slender 0.059.

    Verstappen then third and Albon in fourth.

    Worth noting that Albon's time is 0.810s off Hamilton's provisional pole time.

  • Q3 IS GO

    Who is your money on? VB or LH?

    Or can MV spring a surprise??

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