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Races at Nürburgring, Imola and Portimão set to join calendar as pandemic worsens in the Americas
Felix Page Autocar writer
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24 July 2020

Plans for Formula 1 to head to Brazil, the US and Mexico later this year have now been completely abandoned in light of the worsening coronavirus situation in the Americas. 

The heavily revised 2020 F1 calendar had included a race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas on 23 October, with the Mexican GP to be held the week after and Brazil on 13 November, but the three countries now have coronavirus infection rates that are among the worst worldwide, making it impossible for the events to go ahead. 

Instead, three new European races will be added to the calendar: the Nürburgring is set to host an F1 race for the first time in seven years on 11 October, followed by a debut GP for Portugal's Portimão circuit on 25 October. Italy's Imola circuit will then host a race on 1 November - the track's first F1 GP since 2006, and the third race in 2020 that will be held in Italy.

The Nürburgring will carry the title of the Eifel Grand Prix, while the Portimão will be the first Portuguese Grand Prix since 1996, when Estoril last held the event. The Imola race will be labelled the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, eschewing the San Marino Grand Prix title used for 26 of the 27 races previously held at the circuit.

F1 races at the Nürburgring have historically been held earlier in the year, given the circuit's elevated position and vulnerability to bad weather. It is not uncommon to see snow in October. 

In addition to the three cancelled events, stringent travel restrictions mean a planned 2020 Canadian GP, originally scheduled for June, will now not go ahead. With 13 races now confirmed, the 2020 season still falls well short of the 21 events that made up 2019’s calendar, but F1 says there are “more to be announced in the coming weeks” and expects to host between 15 and 18 in total. 

Italy’s Mugello circuit was recently added to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time, joining Russia’s Sochi track in a revised schedule for September. 

The Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello will take place on 13 September. This will be the first time that an F1 race has been held at the Ferrari-owned circuit, although official testing did take place there in 2012. The venue is more commonly associated with the MotoGP motorcycle series and is known for its 0.7-mile main straight.

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The Russian Grand Prix will return to the seaside resort of Sochi for the sixth time since 2014, perhaps marking the end of the original 2014-2020 agreement to hold F1 races at the venue. 

Speaking after the first race of the year, F1 CEO Chase Carey said: “We had a great start to our season in Austria, 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. 

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“We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000th [F1 championship] 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.”

Along with Mugello and Sochi, F1 raced again at Austria for the Styrian Grand Prix before heading to Hungary, and it will race twice at Silverstone in August. There will also be conventional visits to Spain and Belgium. Initially, races will be held behind closed doors, but F1 bosses anticipate that spectators will be allowed in towards the end of the season. 

In addition, Bahrain, China and Russia could each hold double-header races. 

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10 July 2020

When the Russian GP is to be held?

You certainly can't tell from this article...

Robbo

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10 July 2020

Sochi: not interesting.

Mugello : yes ! Forza Mugello !

I prefer 3 GP at Zeltweg than in Bahrein or Abi Dabhi.

 

10 July 2020

Is on 27/9

24 July 2020

F1 seems to be run by intelligent people, no broadcasters appearing without face masks (who are at the circuit) matter who they are, setting a good example. Well done to the organizers of F1.

24 July 2020
405line wrote:

F1 seems to be run by intelligent people, no broadcasters appearing without face masks (who are at the circuit) matter who they are, setting a good example. Well done to the organizers of F1.

 

Standing in the free wearing cloth masks that protect from nothing. Enjoy your brainwashing. Soon the "vaccine" will be there for you (even though the bought WHO already said that flu-like corona virus cannot be eradicated). 

24 July 2020

that doctors and medical staff are insane and deluded regarding the daily wearing of masks.masks.

24 July 2020

What a terribly written article.

 

More than anything, it needs a tabulated calander to make it coherent.

24 July 2020

Well, there you go, the usual three or four posts.

24 July 2020

Whether there be only 6 races or 20, it's clear that Lewis is already in his stride since the second race of the season and it's safe to say that'll set the tone for the rest of the season. Lewis continues to be a class above his rivals. And indeed above any previous F1 driver ever too. Quite simply Lewis is a truly superb and unrivalled driver.

24 July 2020
Roadster wrote:

Whether there be only 6 races or 20, it's clear that Lewis is already in his stride since the second race of the season and it's safe to say that'll set the tone for the rest of the season. Lewis continues to be a class above his rivals. And indeed above any previous F1 driver ever too. Quite simply Lewis is a truly superb and unrivalled driver.

If Mercedes continue to dominate, and Hamilton goes on to beat Schumachers title haul, what left in it for Hamilton after that?, will the other teams be there just to make up numbers?, will the FIA have to do something really radical to stop this happening?. This is a sport I don't want to see disappearing to the depths of a Sattelite channel, but, if there isn't any competition coming from the other teams, for whatever reason, then, the people who run this Circus better thing on and do something!

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