F1 announces first leg of revised 2020 race calendar

02 Jun 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Formula 1 has announced the first eight races of its 2020 calendar, confirming that the season will begin in Austria on 5th July, and will include two back-to-back races at Silverstone between 31st July and 9th August.

F1 says its teams and governing body the FIA have worked together on the restart plan, which has outlined the first segment of the revised racing calendar.

Racing was suspended in March, just before the Australian Grand Prix was due to take place, but the single-seater motorsport series is due to finalise details of the wider calendar in the coming weeks, saying it expects to have a total of 15-18 races completed before the season ends in December.

According to the series, the opening races are expected to be behind-closed-doors events.

“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, 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.”

The season will start with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, with the Hungarian Grand Prix taking place one week after that.

There will then be a break before the Pirelli British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone, followed by the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at the same circuit a week later.

F1 teams will then compete at races in Spain, Belgium and Italy in August and September with a further schedule beyond that point still to be announced.