What a new calendar for the 2020 season might look likeMarch 15, 2020
The abolition of the Australian Grand Prix, the transfer of stages in Bahrain, Vietnam and China led to the need to revise the Formula 1 calendar for the 2020 season.
In a statement in which the FIA announced a decision to postpone the race in Bahrain and China, it mentions a possible start to the season at the end of May in Monaco. At the same time, Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko says that the championship starts only in June in Baku. In turn, the managing director of Formula 1 Ross Brown said that Liberty Media plans to cancel the August break and hold 17-18 races.
At the moment, it is known for sure that in 2020 there will not be a race in Melbourne – for the second time in a year teams will not fly to the Green Continent, and local authorities do not have the financial ability to once again prepare the time line.
The remaining races – in Bahrain, Vietnam and China are formally postponed indefinitely. From day to day, the transfer of races in the Netherlands and Spain will be announced, so at the moment we can say that the calendar has lost six stages out of twenty two.
In Formula 1 they want to start the season in Monaco, but the race depends on the situation with coronavirus in Europe.
To meet the figure voiced by Ross Brown 17-18 Grand Prix, from the delayed races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain, it is enough to save two in the new calendar. The most preferable on this list are the stages in Bahrain (the size of the promotion fee of about $ 50 million) and the Netherlands (the army of Max Verstappen fans).
The most likely slot for Zandvoort is one of the weekends of August. At the same time, a partial preservation of the summer break is possible if the construction stages are carried out in the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. Max Verstappen fans are enough to fill the stands in two races in a row in Zandvoort and Spa. In Monza, if the stage takes place, there will be no shortage of Ferrari fans.
The race in Bahrain can be moved to the end of the calendar, ending the season with a Middle Eastern tour. The stage in Sahir cannot be the last of the year, since in Abu Dhabi they pay separately for the right to host the final Grand Prix of the season. Thus, for Bahrain, there remains a slot between the stages in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, but in this case the teams will have to carry out the constructed stages at the end of the busy season.
Avoiding this is quite simple – the stage in Bahrain is postponed to the date of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, and the race on the Yas Marina highway is moved a week ahead – the first week of December.
Possible calendar of the season of Formula 1 2020
May 24 Monaco Monaco
June 07 Azerbaijan Baku
June 14 Canada Montreal
June 28 France Le Castelle
July 05 Austria Spielberg
July 19, Great Britain Silverstone
August 02 Hungary Budapest
August 23 Netherlands Zandvoort
August 30 Belgium Spa
September 06 Italy Monza
September 20 Singapore Singapore
October 11th Japan Suzuka
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
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