The Formula 1 calendar, just like most other international sporting events across the world has had to make major changes amid the disruption caused the COVID-19 pandemic. F1’s organiser in trying to salvage the season with the remaining weekends of the year, and also in trying to do it as safely as possible for all involved, has elected to run back-to-back races ta certain venues while cancelling other to quicken the logistics exercise between races.
Unfortunately, this has meant we won’t enjoy the Australian, Singaporean, Dutch (returns after 35 years), Japanese, and French Grand Prix, as well as the hallowed Monaco GP. A few others – such as the Chinese, Canadian, and first-ever Vietnamese GP have had yet to be rescheduled due to the outbreak.
With that said, if you were fortunate enough to catch the firecracker of a season opener at last weekend’s Austrian GP which ended with the youngest Brit to ever step onto a Formula 1 podium; beating the current record holder (and defending F1 World champion) by just 0.2 seconds in a sensational two laps thrash to the finish line. You’d think there is much more to expect from the remainder of the 2020 season.
The best part is they are going to do it all over again this weekend.
Therefore, here is the finalised 2020 F1 season calendar as it stands
- Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring: 3rd July - 5th July
- Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring: 10th July - 12th July
- Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring: 17th - 19th July
- British Grand Prix – Silverstone: 31st July- 2nd July
- 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – Silverstone: 7th Aug – 9th Aug
- Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Catalunya: 14th Aug - 16th Aug
- Belgian Grand Prix – Spa Francorchamps: 28th Aug - 30th Aug
- Italian Grand Prix – Spa Francorchamps: 4th Sept - 6th Sept
- Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom: 25th Sept - 27th Sept
- United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas: 23rd Oct - 25th Oct
- Mexican Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: 30th Oct - 1st Nov
- Brazilian Grand Prix – Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace: 13th Nov - 15th Nov
- Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit: 27th Nov - 29th Nov
The following races have yet to be rescheduled:
- Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit (Original date: March 20th-22nd)
- Vietnam Grand Prix, Hanoi (Original date: April 3rd-5th)
- Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai International Circuit (Original date: April 17th-19th)
- Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Original date: June 12th-14th)
With McLaren and Red Bull seemingly taking the fight to Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari bringing forward a host of upgrades in the upcoming races, it’s all to play for in 2020. Despite its earlier challenges, the 2020 season could be one of the closest and most spectacular seasons given its short timeframe and far-more levelled playing field than in previous years. We say bring it on!
Oh, and if you were wondering how just how scintillating young Lando Norris’s last 2 laps were, pushing both his car and himself to chase down the current F1 World Champion, here’s some epic onboard footage.