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Is F1 set to produce a new 2020 race calendar this week?

  • Published on 21 Apr 2020 09:42
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  • By: Rob Veenstra & Fergal Walsh

Formula 1 could be set to publish a new race calendar as early as this week, according to Dutch media.

The original schedule has been abandoned in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen the opening nine races of the 2020 campaign called off.

F1 is working to ensure as many races as possible are held this year, however only eight grands prix need to run in order for a world championship to be valid.

According to Jack Plooij of Ziggo Sport, circuits had until late last week to submit alternate dates to run an F1 race later this year.

France is currently the next race scheduled to host the season opener, however it is expected that the race will officially be cancelled after a ban on mass events was extended until mid-July in the European country. 

Austria would then be pushed to be the opening round of the year, with the possibility of hosting a race behind closed doors currently being explored. It could then be followed by two consecutive races at Silverstone. 

McLaren CEO Zak Brown recently told BBC Sport that he expects all races in Europe will go ahead behind closed doors this year. 

"Everything is very tentative but [the British GP] would go on its scheduled date but closed to fans," he said.

"In fact, it looks like possibly all the European rounds will most likely be in that scenario. With now our condensed schedule, what's the best way to get as much racing done as possible?

“One of the ideas is potentially multiple events at the same location, Silverstone being one of those."

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Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
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Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
20 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
8 - Oct 10
Japan
8 - Oct 10
Turkey
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
5 - Nov 7
Mexico
12 - Nov 14
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Qatar
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
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Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
20 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
8 - Oct 10
8 - Oct 10
Turkey Istanbul Park
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
5 - Nov 7
12 - Nov 14
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
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