Formula 1 has confirmed an additional three races to the 2020 season calendar with Grand Prix racing making a welcome return to Portugal as well as the classic circuits of Imola and the Nurburgring.
Last seen on the calendar in 2013, the Nurburging makes a surprise return to the calendar and will stage its race on October 9-11.
The Algarve International Circuit in Portimao will play then host to the first Portuguese Grand Prix since 1996 two weeks later on October 23-25 while Imola will run a two-day Grand Prix one week later.
Algarve’s round is expected to allow thousands of fans to attend, although an exact number is unclear, while there will also be a return for team hospitality on-site as well.
The unique two-day Grand Prix format will be a one-of-a-kind weekend for Imola and will likely only feature one practice session ahead of qualifying.
F1 also confirmed that races in the Americas will not go ahead amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic after the Circuit of the Americas annoucing today that the venue had sold a record number of tickets in the lead up to this year’s race.
“We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola to the revised calendar,” said Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1.
“We want to thank the promoters, the teams, and the FIA for their full support in our efforts to bring our fans exciting racing this season during an unprecedented time.
“We also want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world.”
The announcement brings the number of races on the 2020 schedule to 13, with F1 still targeting a season of 15-18 races which will conclude in the Gulf region in December.
No confirmation has been made on any Asian leg, however, Malaysia has been earmarked as a potential venue for 2020 while negotiations are ongoing concerning the running of the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix.
|July 5||Red Bull Ring, Austria|
|July 12||Red Bull Ring, Austria|
|July 19||Hungaroring, Hungary|
|August 2||Silverstone, Britain|
|August 9||Silverstone, Britain|
|August 16||Barcelona, Spain|
|August 30||Spa, Belgium|
|September 6||Monza, Italy|
|September 13||Mugello, Italy|
|September 27||Sochi, Russia|
|October 11||Nurburgring, Germany|
|October 25||Portimao, Portugal|
|November 1||Imola, Italy|