The 2020 Formula One season start was confirmed earlier today by the series organisers. We came within hours of the season starting in Australia before it was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result the 2020 season has been on hold for over several months. It was announced today that Red Bull Ring in Austria will host the opening round on July 5.
The first part of the calendar was released earlier today on the official Formula 1 website. July 5 is the date fans need to mark in their diaries as the season opener. We won’t have to wait long as the second race takes placed a week later at the same track. Round three will take place in nearby Hungary a week later. After a short break there will be back-to-back races at Silverstone, followed by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona. The Belgian Grand Prix will follow that, with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza a week later on September 6. All the races will be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3.
F1’s organisers will be hoping to finalise the details of the wider calendar with an expectation of hosting a total of 15-18 races before completing the season in December. For now, it seems the early races will be closed events ie no fans allowed. The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority number one, with Formula 1 and the FIA having a detailed plan to ensure the highest level of safety for all involved.
In his own words
Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said: “In the past weeks we have been working tirelessly with all our partners, the FIA and the teams to create a revised opening 2020 calendar allowing us to restart racing in the safest possible way. We are pleased to be able to set out our opening eight race calendar today and look forward to publishing our full calendar in the coming weeks. I want to thank every promoter and partner for their support and ongoing commitment to Formula 1.”
“While we currently expect the season to commence without fans at our races we hope that over the coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them back once it is safe to do, but we know the return of Formula 1 will be a welcome boost to sports fans around the world.”
Round Race Venue Date
Round 1 Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring July 3-5
Round 2 Austrian 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