Formula 1 is ready to start over. The COVID 19 pandemic led to the postponement of the 2020 season opener but a new calendar has now been published. The dates for the first eight races have been fixed and the Austrian GP will open the season on July 5th.
A second race at the Red Bull Ring called the Steiermark Grand Prix will then follow just one week later before F1 heads off to Hungary. After that, there will be a break of two weeks before the next triple header takes place with racing on three consecutive weekends – two rounds in Great Britain and one in Spain. The season in Europe will end with one race in Belgium and one in Italy.
"We are pleased to be able to set out our opening eight-race calendar today and look forward to publishing our full schedule in the coming weeks."Chase Carey, F1 CEO
Chase Carey, Formula 1 CEO: “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. We are pleased to be able to set out our opening eight-race calendar today and look forward to publishing our full schedule in the coming weeks.” It is hoped that some 15-18 races can be staged this season.
The first 8 rounds of the 2020 calendar
- July 5: Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Österreich (Red Bull Ring)
- July 12: Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark (Red Bull Ring)
- July 19: Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij (Hungaroring)
- August 2: Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix (Silverstone)
- August 9: Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix (Silverstone)
- August 16: Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de Espana (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya)
- August 30: Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francochamps)
- September 6: Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia (Monza)
Two triple headers
The new European calendar generates some unprecedented logistical challenges. DHL draws on over 35 years’ experience handling complex international motorsport logistics and is closely working with Formula 1 to ensure the successful delivery of the eight races at six tracks in just ten weeks.
In the same year that F1 celebrates its 70th anniversary, we are rising to the challenge of this unique set up to successfully conduct the “race before the race”, ensuring F1 can celebrate this special milestone with live race action.