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New F1 Calendar for 2020

The FIA has announced the new 2020 Calendar; it sounds like they may add to it as regions update their Covid responses, so I’ll keep this up to date. They say there’s “an expectation of having a total of 15-18 races before completing the season in December”, however “F1 currently expect the opening races to be closed events but hope fans will be able to attend again when it is safe to do so”.

# Race Day Grand Prix Quali Race Standings
1 Jul05 Austria (Red Bull Ring) quali race
2 Jul12 Steiermark (Red Bull Ring) quali race
3 Jul19 Hungary (Hungaroring). quali race points
4 Aug02 Great Britain (Silverstone) quali race
5 Aug09 70th Anniversary (Silverstone) quali race points
6 Aug16 Spain (Barcelona) quali race
7 Aug30 Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) quali race points
8 Sep06 Italy (Monza) quali race
9 Sep13 Tuscany Ferrari 1000 (Mugello, Italy) quali race points
10 Sep27 Russia (Sochi) quali race
11 Oct11 Eifel GP (Nurburgring, Germany) quali race points
12 Oct25 Portugal (Portimao) quali race
13 Nov01 Emilia Romagna GP (Imola, Italy) quali race points
14 Nov15 Turkey quali race
15 Nov29 Bahrain quali race points
16 Dec06 Sakhir GP (Bahrain) quali race
17 Dec13 Abu Dhabi quali race points

Jun12: As I just noted on my F1 Calendar changes post, today’s cancellation of the Japanese, Singapore and Azerbaijan Grands Prix leaves 5 races (Russia, USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi) without any clear updates, so maybe they will keep their original dates?

Jul10: “Italy’s spectacular Mugello circuit will host a Grand Prix for the very first time in September, as Formula 1 announced the Tuscan Grand Prix and the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi have been added to the revised 2020 race calendar.” [FIA]

Jul12: “F1 may scrap next week’s Hungarian GP” due to “huge fines and even the risk of jail for non European Union citizens” if they break the COVID restrictions. “If no exemption is given, it is rumoured F1 could call off the race in Hungary and instead simply stay in Austria for a third consecutive weekend.” []

Jul24: Nurburgring, Portimao & Imola added [FIA] … so that’s now 3 races in Italy!
Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada confirmed as cancelled [FIA]

Aug04: “Drivers to face unique challenge at Imola as organisers confirm race will have only one practice session” “The format allows for a single practice session on Saturday morning at 10am local time – instead of the usual three spread across Friday and Saturday – meaning the drivers will have just 90 minutes to get a feel for the track and to finalise their car set-up. Qualifying will follow at 2pm local time.” [FIA]
It doesn’t explain why there’s no running on Friday though.

Aug25: “Four Grands Prix in three countries – Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi – will bring the calendar to a total of 17 races, the lowest number since 2009.” [BBC] [FIA]

Oct16: “Vietnam Grand Prix: Organisers cancel race due to coronavirus pandemic” [BBC] – I thought that had been cancelled long ago!

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