Formula 1 has confirmed a revised calendar for the 2020 season which will now begin in early July at Austria. The coronavirus has caused a number of cancellations to the F1 calendar but the organisation was keen to stress that they wanted to get a 2020 season in some form.
On Tuesday morning they tweeted a revised calendar which will begin with back-to-back weekends in Austria. It has now confirmed its roster of European events, taking in rounds in Austria, Hungary, Britain, Spain, Belgium and Italy.
Two races will be held apiece at the Red Bull Ring in Austria (July 5/12) and at Silverstone in Britain (August 2/9), with Hungary, at the Hungaroring, moving forward from its original August date to slot in on July 19.
This will allow Formula 1 personnel to travel straight from Austria to Hungary, beginning the campaign with three races in as many weeks.
The second round in Austria will be known as the Steiermark Grand Prix while the second event in Britain will be known as the 70th anniversary Grand Prix.
The eight rounds will all be ‘Closed Events’, limiting teams to 80 personnel each – of which only 60 are allowed to work on the cars – while spectators will not be permitted.
Teams will not be allowed to interact with each other and will stay in separate hotels, while private planes are set to be chartered to the relevant local airfield.
Paddock personnel will be tested for coronavirus on a regular basis.
The championship is continuing to work on the remainder of its 2020 calendar, and hopes to include as many rounds outside of Europe as possible.