27 Jul 2020

AND NOW WE ARE THIRTEEN, BUT NO RETURN TO THE AMERICAS IN 2020!

As the teams prepare for the eagerly anticipated Silverstone back to back Grand Prix, Formula One Management has announced 3 further races in additional to the 10 already scheduled in the revised 2020 F1 calendar.  A return to Portugal, which has not hosted a Formula 1 race since Estoril in 1993, will be sandwiched between races at The Nurburgring and Imola.

Sadly, it was also confirmed there will be no races held in the Americas during 2020, with all Canadian, and North and South American races cancelled.

The full calendar of 13 races is now as follows:

  • Round 1 Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich, The Red Bull Ring, Austria – July 3-5
  • Round 2 Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark, The Red Bull Ring, Austria – July 10-12
  • Round 3 Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij, The Hungaroring, Hungary – July 17-19
  • Round 4 Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix, Silverstone, UK – July 31 – August 2
  • Round 5 Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Silverstone, UK – August 7-9
  • Round 6 Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de EspanA, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain – August 14-16
  • Round 7 Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – August 28-30
  • Round 8 Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia, Monza, Italy – September 4-6
  • Round 9 Formula 1 Gran Premio Del-La Toscana Ferrari 1000, Mugello, Italy – September 11-13
  • Round 10 Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix 2020, Sochi, Russia – September 25-27
  • Round 11 Formula 1 Aramaco Grosser Preis Der Eifel, Nurburgring, Germany – October 9-11
  • Round 12 Formula 1 Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimau, Portugal – October 23-25
  • Round 13 Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio Dell’Emilia Romagna, Imola, Italy – October 31 – November 1

This announcement is one of a series as the 2020 season is expected to finish with 15-18 races and the next reveals should bring the end of the calendar in mid-December. More details are scheduled to come out in the next few weeks, but any future plans are impacted heavily by the global pandemic.

The safety of all parties involved remains the top priority. In the same statement released by Formula One Management it was confirmed that racing in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and North America will not be feasible for this season.

F1 chairman Chase Carey said: ‘We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season.’ The news of the new circuits will be especially welcome for long-time fans of the sport. With these three fixtures being announced, the tail end of the season is loaded with nostalgia.

Imola is the most exciting of the announced tracks, hosting it’s first F1 race in 1963, the circuit is certainly not short of pedigree. Pierre Gasly, having tested his AlphaTauri there in the 2020 pre-season, described it as one of the best experiences he had ever had in a Formula 1 car.

The legendary Italian speedway is known for its fast and perilous corners and any race that is enjoyable for the drivers should provide a great experience for us fans as well.

Along with Imola, the Nurburgring and Portimau are promising racing experiences. The German track is a classic appearance on the calendar and a landmark for racing and road car testing around the world.

Overall, these additions to the season show that Formula 1 is making every effort to complete a meaningful 2020 World Championship and looking forward to 2021 where it is hoped racing will return to a degree of normality.

JDC is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Formula 1 in 2021 for what is expected to be a very exciting and closely run season. If you’d like to experience any of the races on the 2020 (tba) or 2021 calendar, then take a look at our Paddock Club™ hospitality packages or contact JDC Promotions and let us build a bespoke package for you and your guests.

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ccooper

Formula 1 Correspondent