Chinese Grand Prix gets on the board of F1 2020 season, while US GP is still uncertain amidst the widespread of the COVID-19 over there.
With the world slowly learning to live with the Coronavirus outbreak, F1 has initiated its upcoming season as the first race is set to kick-off from the following week in Austria.
Meanwhile, Formula 1 is trying to accommodate as many races to the revised calendar possible and because of it, Chinese Grand Prix has almost received a spot in the schedule.
Meanwhile, US Grand Prix faces a huge dilemma, as the outbreak over there is yet to slow down, which makes it difficult to organize a race over there even in an empty arena.
According to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko as he revealed the latest speculation on what the calendar may look like, with an official announcement expected next week.
“I assume that all the races in Europe will take place, but there will certainly be changes overseas,” he is quoted as telling Austrian media.“Remarkably enough, the only race outside of Europe that is currently fixed is in China.”
What is expected is the second half of the season will begin with a first race at Mugello on September 13, coinciding with what will be Ferrari’s 1000th F1 Grand Prix.
After that, either Portuguese GP (set to organize for the first time since 1996) or Russian GP rumoured to be organized on September 27. Canadian media also claims the race in Montreal has a new date of October 11.
But then little is known after that with China reportedly offered a doubleheader and Bahrain likewise may hold two rounds before the finale in Abu Dhabi.
“We actually don’t have a perfectly clear picture right now,” Circuit of the Americas boss Bobby Epstein told Autoweek of their situation.
“I think that what they learned in Europe was that they could kind of wait until the last possible minute to make a decision, and we’re not at the last possible minute yet for deciding about what it’s going to be here.
“We don’t have a firm ‘it’s going to be with fans,’ ‘it’s going to be without,’ or whether it even makes sense to come over to the U.S., but right now, we’re planning on (F1) coming.”