As Formula 1 seeks to sort out the remainder of its 2020 calendar, alternative venues are being lined up to fill the void left by those on the chopping block.
According to German publication Auto Motor und Sport, it is suggested that the sport is keeping its plan for the remainder of the year flexible owing to the nature of the ongoing pandemic.
With the grands prix in Baku, Singapore and Japan likely to be canned for 2020, alternative venues are being lined up, with Imola, Mugello and Hockenheim all being suggested. These circuits have a FIA Grade 1 license and are therefore able to host an F1 event.
Another idea being considered is a double-header at the Sochi Autodrom, which is convenient for the sport because of its location, airport distance and easy ability to isolate F1 staff from the outside world.
A statement from the Russian Grand Prix organisers Rosgonki confirmed that discussions were ongoing with F1 bosses regarding the exact format of its plans for the year.
In the United States, a change of venue is being discussed as the Circuit of the Americas may not be able to host this year’s race due to the ban of mass gatherings in the region.
As a result, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been touted as a potential replacement venue should the Austin venue be unable to host the grand prix.
Formula 1 is expected to confirm the next stage of the calendar in the coming weeks.