The FIA World Motor Sport Council has officially ratified a 22-race calendar for the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship season.
Friday’s WMSC meeting at Cologne rubber-stamped the record-breaking schedule that was publicly release in August.
The championship will stage its traditional curtain-raiser at the Australian Grand Prix in mid-March, with the second Grand Prix in Bahrain taking place on the following weekend.
The new Vietnamese Grand Prix will make its debut as the third Grand Prix of the season in early April, with the Chinese Grand Prix ending the opening sequence of flyaway races two weeks’ later.
The Dutch Grand Prix, making its return after a 35-year absence, will officially kickstart the European leg of the season, followed a week later by the Spanish Grand Prix after event organisers’ last-ditch lobbying to secure the race’s future.
The Monaco Grand Prix retains its traditional slot at the end of May, followed by back-to-back races in Azerbaijan and Canada and a further pair of back-to-back rounds in France and Austria.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone starts the second half of the season as a standalone event in mid-July before the Hungarian Grand Prix, which precedes the traditional summer break in August.
The series will return to action with back-to-back races in Belgium and Italy to close out the Europe-based events, with the end of the season featuring a succession of flyaway races in Singapore, Russia, Japan, the United States and Mexico (back-to-back), Brazil and Abu Dhabi, which closes out the championship at the end of November.
By dint of the bumper schedule, pre-season testing has been cut from eight days to six, with two open test sessions to take place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from 19-21 February and 26-28 February. The four in-season test days have been axed.
|2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season Calendar|
|15 MAR||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne|
|22 MAR||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|05 APR||Vietnamese Grand Prix||Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi*|
|19 APR||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai|
|03 MAY||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort*|
|10 MAY||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona|
|24 MAY||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|07 JUN||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit, Baku|
|14 JUN||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal|
|28 JUN||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet|
|05 JUL||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|19 JUL||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|02 AUG||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Budapest|
|30 AUG||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot|
|06 SEP||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan|
|20 SEP||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore|
|27 SEP||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi|
|11 OCT||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka|
|25 OCT||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, United States*|
|01 NOV||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico|
|15 NOV||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo|
|29 NOV||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
* Subject to circuit homologation
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