Formula 1 has added two further races to its 2020 World Championship schedule, with races at Mugello and Sochi to follow the initial run of eight Grands Prix.

The Grand Prix of Tuscany will debut at the Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit on September 13 as the third event in a triple-header after the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.  The Russian Grand Prix has been reinstated to its original September 27 date.

The race in Russia will be the sport’s first ‘flyaway’ event of the season after the Australian Grand Prix in March, which was cancelled on the eve of the event after a McLaren team member tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus. That triggered a suspension of the 2020 World Championship season, which finally resumed at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix run under strict health and safety guidelines.

The Mugello circuit, which has had limited use as a test and demonstration venue, will fittingly be Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix. It will also host the Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championship support series’.

Mugello Circuit

The 5.2-kilometre Mugello circuit will make its F1 debut, having previously staged occasional F1 tests and demonstration events.

“We are delighted to announce Mugello and Sochi will be part of the 2020 calendar,” said F1 boss Chase Carey. “And want to thank all our partners for their support in recent weeks.

“We had great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.

“The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season, and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September. We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix.

“Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.”

No additional races have been revealed thus far, although it is expected that the next announcement will include a visit to Portimão in Portugal, as well as the reinstatement of the Chinese and Vietnamese Grands Prix in October.

The November schedule has the United States, Mexico City and Brazilian Grands Prix, however, it is anticipated that none are likely to happen given all three locations continue to have very high rates of COVID-19 transmission.

They could be replaced with further rounds in Europe – the Hockenheimring and Imola circuits are both touted as possibilities – with a double-header in Bahrain to follow on November 29 and December 6 ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi on December 13.


2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season Calendar
Date Event Location
05 JUL au Austrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
12 JUL au Styrian Grand Prix Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
19 JUL au Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Mogyoród
02 AUG au British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
09 AUG au 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
16 AUG au Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló
30 AUG au Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
06 SEP au Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
13 SEP au Tuscan Grand Prix Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero
27 SEP au Russian Grand Prix Sochi Autodrom, Sochi
25 OCT au United States Grand Prix – PENDING Circuit of the Americas, Austin
01 NOV au Mexico City Grand Prix – PENDING Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City
15 NOV au Brazilian Grand Prix – PENDING Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
29 NOV au Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – PENDING Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Cancelled or Postponed Events
Date Event Location
15 MAR au Australian Grand Prix – CANCELLED Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
22 MAR it Bahrain Grand Prix – POSTPONED Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
05 APR Vietnamese Grand Prix – POSTPONED Hanoi Street Circuit, Hanoi
19 APR cn Chinese Grand Prix – POSTPONED Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
03 MAY au Dutch Grand Prix – CANCELLED Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
24 MAY au Monaco Grand Prix – CANCELLED Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
07 JUN az Azerbaijan Grand Prix – CANCELLED Baku City Circuit, Baku
14 JUN au Canadian Grand Prix – POSTPONED Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal
28 JUN au French Grand Prix – CANCELLED Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
20 SEP au Singapore Grand Prix – CANCELLED Marina Bay Sreet Circuit, Singapore
11 OCT au Japanese Grand Prix – CANCELLED Suzuka International Racing Couse, Suzuka

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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