It was announced this afternoon that the 2020 F1 calendar expands to 13 races. The current season got off to a very late start due to the travel restrictions caused by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. The opening round took place in Austria just a few weeks ago, with three races taking place in as many weekends.
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The most recent additions to the 2020 campaign came in just days after the series organisers announced that Imola and Russia will make up rounds nine of ten (read more here) of the schedule. The first of the three new races is the Eifel Grand Prix which will take place on the Nurburgring. Two weeks later Grand Prix racing will return to Portugal after more than 20 years. The incredible Portimao circuit will host a Formula One race for the very time (Check out an on-board video at the bottom of this post).
A week after Portuguese GP drivers will tackle the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The latter is expected to be a two-day event with only one practice session ahead of qualifying and the race. That should really shuffle up the pecking order as drivers learn the track in a shortened programme. Kimi Raikkonen is the only driver on the grid who has raced here. With two rounds planned for the Gulf region at the very end of the season, it seems that Formula 1 is on target to complete at least 15 rounds, and may even get to 18 races before the season ends, presumably late in December.
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Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1: “We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola to the revised calendar.”
Bye Bye Miss American Pie
The latest additions to the calendar were confirmed just after it was announced that Formula One will not be visiting the Americas this year. It is not possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada in 2020.
Chase Carey said that he looked forward to welcoming the races back to the schedule in 2021: “We want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world.”
2020 FORMULA ONE CALENDAR CONFIRMED RACES
Round Race Venue Date
Round 1 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring July 3-5
Round 2 Styrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring July 10-12
Round 3 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring July 17-19
Round 4 British Grand Prix Silverstone July 31 – August 2
Round 5 British Grand Prix Silverstone August 7-9
Round 6 Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona-Catalunya August 14-16
Round 7 Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps August 28-30
Round 8 Italian Grand Prix Monza September 4-6
Round 9 Tuscan Grand Prix Mugello September 11-13
Round 10 Russian Grand Prix Sochi September 25-27
Round 11 Eifel Grand Prix Nurburgring October 9-11
Round 12 Portuguese Grand Prix Portimao October 23-25
Round 13 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Imola Oct 31 – Nov 1