Formula 1 will be returning in July after suspending their calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic. The competition announced that the season will restart in Austria and revealed the details for the first eight races of its return.
This plan was announced after F1, the teams and the FIA came together to create the plan for this sport's return in the safest way possible. Here is the revised 2020 schedule so far:
- Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich The Red Bull Ring, Austria July 3-5
- Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark The Red Bull Ring, Austria July 10-12
- Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij The Hungaroring, Hungary July 17-19
- Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix Silverstone, UK July 31 - August 2
- Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Silverstone, UK August 7-9
- Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de Espana Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain August 14-16
- Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium August 28-30
- Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia Monza, Italy September 4-6
According to a press release from F1, the fluidity of COVID-19 around the world limits the organization's ability to announce any more of the schedule. However, the season is expected to include a total of 15 to 18 races, and will end in December. Just like pretty much all live sports around the world at this moment, these initial races will be held without spectators.
"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," said Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1. "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. I want to thank every promoter and partner for their support and ongoing commitment to Formula 1.
"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."