The start date for the 2020 F1 season has been set as eight European Grands Prix are scheduled to take place throughout a ten-week period in the summer.
The season was originally scheduled to begin at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia last March however the sport has been plagued by postponements during the public health crisis. Austria will play host the the season opener at its’ circuit in Spielberg on July 5. Spa-Francorchamps, arguably F1’s most popular track, will then hold the Belgian Grand Prix on August 30 before the famous Tifosi welcome Ferrari home to Italy a week later.
More races are ‘set to be announced’ in the next few weeks according to F1. Here are the latest updates for the remaining races outside of Europe:
- Brazil and Mexico want the races but the infections in those countries speak otherwise.
- Austin also in doubt. The financial situation is said to be tense. INDY has already taken the race off their calendar. For F1, there could be the chance of a return to Indianapolis.
- Vietnam has signalled to F1 that there is not much interest in a race in autumn, especially since the next race would be in the spring of 2021 anyway.
- There are currently discussions of having two races in Sochi.
- The final in the Middle East is considered fixed. Bahrain would prepare to host two races within a week, like Austria and England. Abu Dhabi only wants the final race of the season.
- Races in Singapore, Azerbaijan and Japan are supposedly not happening this year.
- 2 more races in Europe: candidates are Hockenheim, Mugello & Imola. Since there is already a race Italy, Hockenheim has the best chances for a race in September