In F1 ready to approve a new calendarMarch 18, 2020
German Auto Motor und Sport writes that Liberty Media and teams want to approve the Formula 1 calendar for 2020 by the end of this week.
The calendar is preliminary. Given the situation with the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, there is no hope that the races in the Netherlands, Spain and Monaco will be held as scheduled. Thus, in Formula 1 they are preparing for the fact that the season starts on June 7 in Baku, and if everything goes well, then in 182 days we will see 18 Grand Prix.
Preliminarily, races in Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain will remain on the dates previously approved – June 7, 14, 28, July 5 and 19. Changes in the calendar will begin after the race at Silverstone – currently assessed the possibility of holding the Grand Prix of Spain on July 26 – between the UK and Hungary.
After the Hungarian stage, the championship will take a two-week break, and then three races are planned in a row – in the Netherlands (August 23), Belgium (August 30) and Italy (September 6). The next stages in Singapore (September 20).
In Liberty Media they want to hold the debut Grand Prix of Vietnam – theoretically this can be done before or after the Grand Prix of Japan, but with any of these options it turns out four races in a row.
Racing in the US (October 25), Mexico (November 1) and Brazil (November 15) will remain unchanged. The Grand Prix of Bahrain is postponed to November 29, and the race ends in Abu Dhabi on December 6. Thus, stages in Melbourne, Shanghai and Monaco are eliminated from the calendar.
The question remains with the mandatory two-week closing of the bases of teams in August. The teams actually agreed to refuse the summer break, and in return they will be asked to close the bases for two weeks in April or May – each team will be able to choose a convenient time for themselves.
Preliminary calendar of the season of Formula 1 2020
Grand Prix Date Venue
June 07 Azerbaijan Baku
June 14 Canada Montreal
June 28 France Le Castelle
July 05 Austria Spielberg
July 19, Great Britain Silverstone
July 26 Spain Barcelona
August 02 Hungary Budapest
August 23 Netherlands Zandvoort
August 30 Belgium Spa
September 06 Italy Monza
September 20 Singapore Singapore
October 4 * Vietnam Hanoi
October 11th Japan Suzuka
October 18 * Vietnam Hanoi
October 25 USA Austin
November 01 Mexico City Mexico City
November 15 Brazil Sao Paulo
November 29 Bahrain Sahir
December 6th Abu Dhabi Yas Marina
* – consider both dates for the Grand Prix of Vietnam
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