Formula 1 has confirmed that its 2020 championship season will conclude with a return to Turkey, a double-header in Bahrain and a final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.
The announcement of the sport’s return to Turkey is the biggest surprise among the announcements, with the widely-lauded but poorly attended Istanbul circuit ending its eight-year hiatus on the calendar.
The Bahrain International Circuit will become the third venue this year after the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone to host a pair of Grands Prix, with the Bahrain Grand Prix and Sakhir Grand Prix running on consecutive weekends before a trip across the Persian Gulf to Abu Dhabi to conclude a 17-race season.
Details of the double-header in Bahrain are still to be finalised, however it is expected that the second race could take place on a different layout of the Bahrain International Circuit. The venue eschewed its traditional layout in 2010, running on its longer ‘Endurance Circuit’ in 2010 which did not prove popular with drivers or fans.
These races confirmation all but confirms the cancellation of this year’s Chinese and Vietnam Grands Prix, both of which were initially postponed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
“We can confirm that Turkey, Bahrain, and Abu Dhabi will be part of the revised season and want to express our thanks to the hard work of all our promoters and partners in making this 17-race season possible,” a statement from Formula 1 reads.
|2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season Calendar|
|05 JUL||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|12 JUL||Styrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|19 JUL||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Mogyoród|
|02 AUG||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|09 AUG||70th Anniversary Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|16 AUG||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló|
|30 AUG||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot|
|06 SEP||Italian Grand Prix||Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza|
|13 SEP||Tuscan Grand Prix||Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero|
|27 SEP||Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi|
|11 OCT||Eifel Grand Prix||Nürburgring, Nürburg|
|25 OCT||Portuguese Grand Prix||Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão|
|01 NOV||Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix||Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola|
|15 NOV||Turkish Grand Prix||Intercity İstanbul Park, Tuzla|
|29 NOV||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|06 DEC||Sakhir Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir|
|13 DEC||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi|
|Cancelled Events due to COVID-19 Pandemic|
|15 MAR||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne|
|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|
|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, Montréal|
|28 JUN||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet|
|20 SEP||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Sreet Circuit, Singapore|
|11 OCT||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Couse, Suzuka|
|25 OCT||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin|
|01 NOV||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City|
|15 NOV||Brazilian Grand Prix||Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo|
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