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F1 adds Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola to revised 2020 schedule

  • Published on 24 Jul 2020 16:00
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

The latest three races that will play host to Formula 1 as part of the 2020 world championship have been announced, with Portimao, Imola and the Nurburgring added to the schedule.

Portimao features on the F1 calendar for the first time, having only received a Grade 1 licence from the FIA earlier this year.

F1 has visited the Algarve region before, with a handful of test days occurring there before the start of the 2009 season.

While the circuit is brand new as an F1 race event, the sport is no stranger to Portugal - from 1984 to 1996, the country held a spot on the F1 schedule at Estoril, while it also raced Boavista in 1958 and 1960 and Monsanto in 1959.

It will run as the Portuguese Grand Prix, however it is the only venue that will sport its country's name in the event title.

Nurburgring last hosted an F1 race in 2013, as it held the German Grand Prix every second year as part of a deal with Hockenheim.

It has also run under the European Grand Prix and the Luxembourg Grand Prix. However, this time around it will be named the Eifel Grand Prix.

Imola was a regular feature of the F1 calendar for many years, hosting a spot on the schedule from 1981 to 2006.

While it was traditionally known as the San Marino Grand Prix, for 2020 it will be named the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Going against recent traition, Imola's weekend will be held across two days, rather than three.

F1 says the exact details of the two-day event have not yet been confirmed, however it is expected that only practice session with precede qualifying and the race.

The news of the additional races comes as F1 announced the cancellation of four races, all located in the Americas

With 13 races now signed to host F1 this year, F1 says that it is still on track to see 15 to 18 races before the end of the season, which will take place in the Gulf region.

2020 confirmed races
 

Venue
 
Date
 
Red Bull Ring, Austria
 
3 - 5 July
 
Red Bull Ring, Austria
 
10 - 12 July
 
Hungaroring, Hungary
 
17 - 19 July
 
Silverstone, Great Britain
 
31 July - 2 August
 
Silverstone, Great Britain
 
7 - 9 August
 
Circuit-de-Catalunya, Spain 
 
14 - 16 August
 
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
 
28 - 30 August
 
Monza, Italy
 
4 - 6 September
 
Mugello, Italy
 
11 - 13 September
 
Sochi, Russia
 
25 - 27 September
 
Nurburgring, Germany
 
9 - 11 October
 
Portimao, Portugal
 
23 - 25 October
 
Imola, Italy
 
31 October - 1 November
 

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  • looks like a fun calendar, all in all. pity we miss out on some of the fun ones, but it's also nice to get this varied a calendar compared to the regular calendar. Good to see Nürburg there.

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    • Jul 24 2020 - 16:25
    • I think it's fantastic news. Even if Imola hasn't been great in the past, it's just a classic track. Maybe new cars make for fun racing there.

      I don't know the Portimao track, but it's a new track so that's exciting.

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      • Jul 24 2020 - 21:57
    • we could use a more varied calendar each year, methinks. a standing calendar of 15-20 races and the rest changing each year. As for Imola: not the addition I look forward to the most, but provided it's safe there, it could be fun. 'spose we need to do a jurnalizm and watch some races around Portimao, familiarize ourselves with the track. ;);

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      • Jul 24 2020 - 23:38
    • I love the idea of a rotating calendar. I think it would make hosting much more of an event. I would love to see India, Turkey, South Korea make a comeback. Turkey and South Korea were already empty when fans where allowed so maybe thod wouldn't be a stretch!

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      • Jul 25 2020 - 03:49
    • And there is Buriram, Thailand, Fuji, Okiyama and mayhaps a Scandinavian country too, along with a whole lot of possible US venues too around. And Le Mans.

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      • Jul 25 2020 - 10:17
    • Snooky

      Posts: 91

      I’d love to see an F1 car go round Le Mans but I can’t imagine the FIA will allow that, would be a shame. Like the idea of swapping about the calendar, I think tracks like Sochi would go down better if we knew it was coming every single year

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      • Jul 25 2020 - 23:18
    • not to mention Paul Ricard.

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      • Jul 25 2020 - 23:33
    • Snooky

      Posts: 91

      Paul ricard can just go forever, would care if that never came back haha

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      • Jul 26 2020 - 15:50
    • it can, but I fear it'll be that kinda track what refers to you as a friend while doing nothing but copying our homework and "borrow" our cookies, we will likely have to endure its presence for a few years.

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      • Jul 26 2020 - 19:24
  • The F1-Circus-Is-All-About-Money.

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    • Jul 24 2020 - 19:48
    • Something wrong with having three more races? Championship actually looks complete now. We should have a few more come in too

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      • Jul 24 2020 - 21:58
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 480

    I think it’s really great to get a mix of new and (old) new tracks. More unpredictability the better.

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    • Jul 24 2020 - 22:14
  • TheDentist

    Posts: 23

    Will be interesting to see the drivers race there. It’s not a regular track, I’m sure they’ll need all the practice sessions and hopefully it will mix up the grid a bit!

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    • Jul 25 2020 - 01:21

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