Sports Desk, Jun 2 (efe-epa).- Formula 1 announced on Tuesday eight races to launch the revised 2020 calendar after the World Championship was put on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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,” Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said.
“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.”
Formula 1 revealed the 2020 season will launch on 5 July with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, followed a week later on 12 July with a second race at the same track.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will kick off next on 19 July in Budapest, followed by a break.
Silverstone will host two races on 2 and 9 August, followed by the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on 16 August.
The Belgian Grand Prix held at Spa-Francorchamps will follow on 30 August, with the first batch of races closing at Monza a week later on 6 September with the Italian Grand Prix.
The organization said it would confirm the final details of the wider calendar in the coming weeks and that it hoped to complete the season with some 15 to 18 races by the end of the calendar in December.
“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. EFE-EPA