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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. 

“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. 

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NoPasaran 24 July 2020

The most boring "sport"?

F1.

405line 24 July 2020

NoPasaran wrote:

NoPasaran wrote:

F1.

No it's just you

 

NoPasaran 25 July 2020

405line wrote:

405line wrote:

NoPasaran wrote:

F1.

No it's just you

Sorry, could not hear you with your mask on. Did you take your dose of RNA "vaccine" today, by any chance? 

martin_66 24 July 2020

Indeed

NoPasaran wrote:

F1.

Couldn't agree more.  It's not a sport, it's a business.  How anybody can get excited by a so-called "sport" where the winner is dependent on who has the most efficient pit crew, and where you are more likely to see an alien mothership hovering above the White House than ever see anyone doing an actual, genuine overtake, is a mystery to me.

FastRenaultFan 24 July 2020

martin_66 wrote:

martin_66 wrote:

NoPasaran wrote:

F1.

Couldn't agree more.  It's not a sport, it's a business.  How anybody can get excited by a so-called "sport" where the winner is dependent on who has the most efficient pit crew, and where you are more likely to see an alien mothership hovering above the White House than ever see anyone doing an actual, genuine overtake, is a mystery to me.

jason_recliner 24 July 2020

NoPasaran wrote:

NoPasaran wrote:

F1.

Yep.

Except F1 is a sport in the same sense as Big Brother or The Bachelor.

NoPasaran 25 July 2020

jason_recliner wrote:

jason_recliner wrote:

NoPasaran wrote:

F1.

Yep.

Except F1 is a sport in the same sense as Big Brother or The Bachelor.

Very good comparison.

Roadster 24 July 2020

Title No 7 already on the cards

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.

Peter Cavellini 24 July 2020

The problem is?

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!

martin_66 24 July 2020

Lewis Hamilton

Peter Cavellini wrote:

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!

I wouldn't worry about Lewis Hamilton.  He will be lined up to be the next president of Black Lives Matter, and will spend his time "educating" us about the poor folks who have to survive on only £40 million a year and then, after a strenuous few hours driving around at 200 mph, have to suffer the indignity of returning to their hovels in Monaco.

Peter Cavellini 24 July 2020

Usual

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

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