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Possibility of two races in Bahrain being explored

  • Published on 11 Mar 2020 11:48
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Two world championship races could take place in Bahrain amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, GPToday.net has learned.

The Chinese Grand Prix in April has been cancelled, and word in the Melbourne paddock is that the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix, which is set to take place in just over three weeks, will be called off.

In the next 48 hours, everything will be decided, sources report to GPToday.net: "Chase Carey [F1 CEO] is currently in Vietnam and will probably decide whether or not to race in Vietnam, if it is possible and what other options are on the table. We will get more clarity about the new situation in the next 48 hours."

One of the potential options on the table is a second race in Bahrain. The middle-eastern country will host its race on schedule one week after Melbourne, albeit behind closed doors.

It is rumoured that if there was to be a second race, it would come due to Vietnam being cancelled, taking its April 5th slot on the calendar. 

With a two-week gap existing between the scheduled Bahrain Grand Prix and the potential second race date, it would allow teams to enter a type of quarantine in the country.

Team members from the Haas and McLaren teams were placed in isolation in Melbourne after displaying symptoms of the virus.

It was also announced today that a third race on the Formula E calendar has been postponed due to the coronavirus. 

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  • Oh man - surely fewer races is a better option - I suppose they could make it a Middle East GP - like the old European GP they had in the UK back in the day. I just think with all that is going on fewer moving parts might actually make sense and give team members more of a break.

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    • Mar 11 2020 - 13:31
  • MarkZ

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    Two words. Laguna seca

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    • Mar 11 2020 - 18:08
    • I would love that, but the U.S. just doesn't seem to care for having that track on the calendar. :/

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      • Mar 11 2020 - 19:46
  • This is not the right place to post this but I would really, really like to see a reduction in the number of venues and to race only on those where overtaking is a possibility for mere humans. Agree LS is wicked - I used to watch the bikes a lot on the past and that place is special.

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    • Mar 12 2020 - 11:05

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Spain
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
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Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
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25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
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United States of America Circuit of the Americas
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