- F1. Monza GP confirmed on 6 September behind closed doors
- F1: green light from the Austrian government to the Austrian GP on 5 and 12 July
Share02 June 2020 Formula 1 returns to the track. After the postponement of the start of the 2020 championship for the coronavirus pandemic, the calendar has been made official with the first 8 dates in Europe that will take place between 5 July and 6 September, when the Monza Grand Prix is scheduled. It is the result of a tiring slalom to reconcile health security, logistical needs of the stables and expectations of the places hosting the races. The subsequent tests will be made official in the coming weeks with the aim of reaching 15-18 seasonal races.
It starts with a double appointment in Austria (5 and 12 July), before Hungary (on the Hungaroring in Budapest) on 19 July, in Great Britain (in Silverstone) on 2 and 9 August, Spain (on the Barcelona-Catalonia circuit in Montmelo) on August 16th, Belgium (in Spa-Francorchamps) on August 30th and Italy (in Monza) on September 6th.
"We hope to publish the complete calendar in the coming weeks, and to be able to run 15-18 races by December. At the moment all the GPs are behind closed doors, but the hope is to be able to bring the fans back to the races in the coming months as soon as it is safe to do so, "F1 and FIA said in a joint note. To allow the resumption of racing, the FIA and F1 have adopted an anti-contagion protocol.
Among the precautions taken are the limitation of the number of people on the paddock, the health checks on departure for the host country, on arrival, therefore every two days. Teams will have to travel on private flights and will be isolated from each other on the circuits.