Formula 1 2020 season is finally here!!!
A few weeks ago we published an article You can still enjoy motor sport during Covid-19. At that time it had not yet been confirmed if or when the Formula 1 2020 season would begin. But now it’s here, so we wanted to bring you a quick update on what is happening.
The current Formula 1 race schedule
There are now 8 F1 races confirmed in Europe between July and September. The season should have had 22 races and was due to start in Melbourne in March, but was then put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
To compensate for some of the races cancelled so far, there will be some doubling up in both Austria and Great Britain, with different Grand Prix races being run back-to-back at the same circuit over two consecutive weekends.
The currently confirmed race schedule is as follows:
|July 5th||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||Austria|
|July 12th||Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||Austria|
|July 19th||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring||Hungary|
|August 2nd||British Grand Prix||Silverstone||Great Britain|
|August 9th||70th Anniversary Grand Prix||Silverstone||Great Britain|
|August 16th||Spanish Grand Prix||Barcelona||Spain|
|August 30th||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps||Belgium|
|September 6th||Italian Grand Prix||Monza||Italy|
Will there be more races?
The 2020 season was originally supposed to have a record number of 22 races. But many had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though it will not now be possible to reschedule all the remaining races, F1 organisers are still hoping that an additional 7 to 10 races may be able to take place before the end of the season in December, making a total of 15 to 18 races altogether.
These additional races are most likely to be in Eurasia and the Americas, then Bahrain and the season finale in Abu Dhabi. But there are still a lot of unknowns and the situation is very fluid.
The good news is that even if circumstances prevent any further races being scheduled, 8 races would be a sufficient number to make 2020 a valid F1 championship.
Whichever races do or do not run, most – if not all – are likely to be closed events, due to the strict Covid-related safety procedures currently in place.
Celebrate 70 years of Formula 1
You may have noticed that the second Great Britain race – scheduled for Silverstone on Sunday 9th August – is to be the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. It will celebrate 70 years of Formula 1, which began at Silverstone on May 13th 1950.
Unfortunately, in common with most other Formula 1 races, the only way to see a live televised version of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix is if you have a subscription to Sky Sports, though Channel 4 will air extended highlights later that day.
But Channel 4 does have broadcasting rights to show the British Grand Prix live on Sunday August 2nd. So why not make the most of this and team up with another household for a Formula 1 celebration party that day? It’s something to look forward to – which we all need so much in these strange times.
We hope that the above information helps to keep you up to date with the Formula 1 2020 season, and will of course bring you further information on additional races as soon as it becomes available.
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