Formula 1 and the FIA have announced this Tuesday the calendar of the first eight appointments of the 2020 World Cup, after the 'Great Circus' was paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic, being the inaugural race in Austria (July 3-5) and the Spanish GP the weekend of August 14-16.
The inaugural double race will be in Austria between July 3 and 5, as the Red Bull Ring circuit will repeat a week later (July 10-12) with the second round of the World Cup.
The third race will be that of the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring (July 17-19) and, after a small hiatus, Silverstone will host another double date with the British GP (July 31-August 2), first, and the 70th anniversary GP (7-9 August), later.
Between August 14 and 16, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will host the Spanish Grand Prix, the sixth round of the World Cup, which will lead to the Belgian GP in Spa-Francorchamps (August 28-30) and, for the moment, The last appointment with date is that of the Italian GP in Monza, from September 4 to 6.
All these races will be behind closed doors, without an audience, although F1 indicated that they will try to ensure that the following tests can count on fans in the stands.
On the other hand, it is expected that the championship can have at least 15 races, although the final figure could be 18 appointments to complete this strange 2020 World Cup in December. The dates for the following races would be announced in the coming weeks.
F1 President and CEO Chase Carey said the World Cup will start "in the safest way possible." "We are pleased to be able to establish our eight race opening schedule and look forward to publishing our full schedule in the coming weeks," he reiterated.
"I want to thank all promoters and partners for their continued support and commitment to Formula 1. Although we currently expect the season to begin without fans, we hope that in the coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them once it is safe. We know that the return of Formula 1 will be a boost for them, "he said.
1. GP AUSTRIA (Red Bull Ring), July 3-5.
2. GP ESTIRIA (Red Bull Ring), July 10-12.
3. GP HUNGARY (Hungaroring), July 17-19.
4. GP GREAT BRITAIN (Silverstone), July 31-August 2.
5. 70TH ANNIVERSARY GP (Silverstone), 7-9 August.
6. SPAIN GP (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya), August 14-16.
7. BELGIUM GP (Spa-Francorchamps), August 28-30.
8. GP ITALIA (Monza), September 4-6.
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