One of the most frustrating parts of the near worldwide lockdown, apart from not being able to leave one’s house or go to work, is that there is very little live sport going on. Motorsport fans have not seen much live action from any of the major categories: MotoGP, WRC and Formula One. As of earlier today we have a 2020 F1 calendar update from the sports organisers.

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Almost a full season

Earlier today the CEO of F1 Chase Carey provided fans with an update on the 2020 F1 calendar. He said the series is looking to kick off in Europe as early as July 5. Austria seems to be the most likely venue. Red Bull Ring has its own airstrip, which makes it ideal for teams to fly directly to the track as a contained unit. There won’t be any spectators in attendance. There has been much talk that two races could be hosted at the track on consecutive weekends, but this has not been confirmed yet. A similar plan has been touted for Silverstone.

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Carey also said that the series will race in Europe through July, August, and beginning of September. Following that there will be races in Eurasia, Asia, and the Americas through September, October, and November. The season will then head for the Gulf in December with the Bahrain GP taking place before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi. All in all the series is targeting a 15-18 race championship. Those numbers are far higher than some fans were expecting. In the same statement, it was confirmed that the French GP has been cancelled for 2020.

In his own words

Carey said: “We expect the early races to be without fans but hope fans will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule. We still have to work out many issues like the procedures for the teams and our other partners to enter and operate in each country.”

“All of our plans are obviously subject to change as we still have many issues to address and all of us are subject to the unknowns of the virus. We all want the world to return to the one we know and cherish, yet we recognise it must be done in the right and safest way. We look forward to doing our part by enabling our fans to once again safely share the excitement of Formula 1 with family, friends, and the broader community.”