Formula 1 reveals record 22-race 2020 calendar
Formula 1 has revealed a provisional record-breaking 22-race 2020 calendar, confirming the arrival of Vietnam and the Netherlands, while Germany has been dropped.
The season will again begin in Australia – which recently renewed its contract through 2025 – in mid-March and concludes once more in Abu Dhabi in late November.
Vietnam’s debut in Formula 1 is set to take place from April 3 to 5, as the third round of the campaign, with its arrival necessitating Australia and Bahrain to run back-to-back.
The return of the Netherlands, after a 35-year absence, is pencilled in for May 3, with Zandvoort poised to open the European stage of the season.
It had been expected to replace Spain but with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya receiving a one-year extension the races will now run back-to-back, before Monaco’s usual slot, on May 24.
Azerbaijan has been granted its request to return to a June date, running back-to-back with Canada, while France and Austria will shift a week later compared to 2019.
That allows Britain to run as a standalone round on July 19, avoiding a clash with both the Euro 2020 football final and Wimbledon Men’s final, while also allowing for more time to transport freight in the event of issues arising from the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union.
July’s schedule has also been freed up by the departure of the German Grand Prix from the roster.
Germany was handed a stay of execution for 2019, assisted by Mercedes stepping in as title sponsor, but it has now dropped from the schedule, as was widely expected.
The second half of the season is largely unchanged on account of the recent renewal of the Mexican Grand Prix, the name of which has been altered to Mexico City Grand Prix.
It means the calendar is set to be composed of 22 events, the most in history, up from the 21 on the schedule in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
The calendar still requires final ratification by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.
Provisional F1 2020 calendar:
|May 24||Monaco||Monte Carlo|
|June 28||France||Le Castellet|
|September 20||Singapore||Marina Bay|
|October 25||United States||Austin|
|November 1||Mexico||Mexico City|
|November 15||Brazil||Sao Paulo|
|November 29||Abu Dhabi||Yas Marina|
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