F1 2020 Schedule: 8 races confirmed on the newly revised calendar published by Formula 1, earlier races were cancelled due to pandemic.
F1 is set to hit tracks once again after Formula 1 on its official website announced that it has confirmed 8 races in the revised calendar of 2020 as the season was earlier halted due to the Coronavirus fears.
“F1, the teams and the FIA have been working to put together a plan to allow the season to begin safely, and today F1 chief executive Chase Carey outlined the first part of a revised calendar of races.” said the website.
The first race in the calendar will be Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 5, followed a week later by a second race at the same track.
Following, the Hungarian Grand Prix will follow a week after that, before a break. Then there will be two back to back races at Silverstone, followed by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.
Then the Belgian Grand Prix will be followed and as announced on Monday, the Italian Grand Prix will be organized on September 6. All the races will be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3.
BREAKING: The opening 8 races of a revised 2020 calendar are now confirmed
All 8 are currently set to be closed events, operating under the strongest safety procedures
Further races will be announced in the coming weeks pic.twitter.com/vQioKOAkQo
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 2, 2020
Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 situation internationally, F1 will be finalising the details of the wider calendar and hope to publish that in the coming weeks with an expectation of having a total of 15-18 races before completing the season in December.
As of now, F1 is opting to make all the current Grand Prix as closed gate events, but they hope fans will be able to attend again when it is safe to do so.
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.”