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:

Date Country Location
March 15 Australia Melbourne
March 22 Bahrain Sakhir
April 5 Vietnam Hanoi
April 19 China Shanghai
May 3 Netherlands Zandvoort
May 10 Spain Barcelona
May 24 Monaco Monte Carlo
June 7 Azerbaijan Baku
June 14 Canada Montreal
June 28 France Le Castellet
July 5 Austria Spielberg
July 19 Britain Silverstone
August 2 Hungary Budapest
August 30 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps
September 6 Italy Monza*
September 20 Singapore Marina Bay
September 27 Russia Sochi
October 11 Japan Suzuka
October 25 United States Austin
November 1 Mexico Mexico City
November 15 Brazil Sao Paulo
November 29 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina

*Subject to contract signature