The 2020 Formula 1 season is officially getting back underway in July and it’s kicking off with a monster double-header in Austria. The organisation on Tuesday confirmed the details for eight races to begin the 2020 Formula 1 return campaign, giving sports fans a much-needed boost of adrenaline.
“In the past weeks we have been working tirelessly with all our partners, the FIA and the teams to create a revised opening 2020 calendar allowing us to restart racing in the safest possible way,” Formula 1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to set out our opening eight race calendar today and look forward to publishing our full calendar in the coming weeks.”
According to the organisation, the 2020 F1 return will start with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 5, before doubling-down with a second race at the same track a week later. The following week will mark the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, before teams take a short break. Upon return, there will be two back-to-back races at Silverstone, followed by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona. The opening eight races will conclude with the Belgian Grand Prix, followed by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 6. All races will be supported by the Formula 2 and Formula 3.
As expected, the F1 return races will likely be closed to fans, but the organisation will reassess as restrictions lift. “While we currently expect the season to commence without fans at our races we hope that over the coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them back once it is safe to do, but we know the return of Formula 1 will be a welcome boost to sports fans around the world,” Carey said.
For racing fanatics, the announcement is big news, but it bears reminding that things can change. “Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 situation internationally, F1 will be finalising the details of the wider calendar and hope to publish that in the coming weeks with an expectation of having a total of 15-18 races before completing the season in December,” the FIA said.
Here is a list of the upcoming F1 races confirmed by the FIA.