Formula 1 on Tuesday confirmed that the 2020 season will begin in Austria next month and revealed details on the first eight races of a new calendar in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. After racing was put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak, F1, the teams and the FIA have been working to put together a plan to allow the season to begin safely, and today F1 chief executive Chase Carey outlined the first part of a revised calendar of races. Also Read - Unlock 2.0: No Inter-State Bus Services in Madhya Pradesh, Inter-District Buses to Continue Plying
The season will kick off with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 5, followed a week later by a second race at the same track on July 12. Also Read - Mohena Kumari Singh Opens up on Her Battle With COVID-19, Says 'It Was More of Mental Pressure Than Physical'
The Hungarian Grand Prix will follow a week after that, before a break. Then there will be two back to back races at Silverstone (August 2 and August 9), followed by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona (August 16). Also Read - Coronavirus: Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi Tests Positive, Says Will Continue to Work From Home
The Belgian Grand Prix will follow that on August 30, with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza a week later on September 6. All the races will be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3.
F1 Revised Calendar:
July 3-5: Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 10-12: Steiermark Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 17-19: Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Hungary
July 31-August 2: British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Great Britain
August 7-9: Formula One 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Silverstone, Great Britain
August 14-16: Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
August 28-30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 4-6: Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy
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.
“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,” he added.