Formula One has added three more races to its heavily-revised 2020 calendar with Portimao, Nürburgring and Imola emerging as new venues in the coronavirus-affected season.
Following a successful start to the curtailed, coronavirus-delayed 2020 F1 season, the sport has now updated its calendar with three more races. The sport first announced the opening eight grands prix at the beginning of June that incorporated two triple-headers and two locations hosting two back-to-back races.
When the championship finally kicked off in Austria, Formula One added two more races to the initial schedule with Mugello and Sochi joining the frame. Mugello was the first new addition to the calendar, a location that did not appear on the original 2020 schedule. The beautiful and thrilling Ferrari-owned race circuit with a picturesque backdrop will host its first ever Formula One race that will mark the fabled Scuderia’s 1000th race at the pinnacle of motorsport.
The sport has now added three more venues to the schedule. Making its return to the grand prix racing, Nürburgring is set to host its first race since 2013 on October 9-11. The Algarve International Circuit in Portimao will play host to the inaugural Portuguese Grand Prix on October 23-25.
Formula One is set to visit the beautiful Italy, home to the most successful outfit of the sport, Ferrari for the third time in 2020 at the end of autumn. The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola will welcome the field in the form of a special two-day event.
Formula One’s Chairman and CEO Chase Carey said: “We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nürburgring, Portimao and Imola to the revised calendar. 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.
At the same time, Formula One has confirmed that it is not possible to race in the Americas this year due to the fluid nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe. The decision means that the sport will abandon its plans to race in Brazil, the USA, Mexico and Canada in 2020.
However, Carey said that the sport is adamant to return to the Americas in 2021. “We 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,” he said.
The calendar now features 13 races with three more events expected to join the schedule. A triple header – two races in Bahrain and the season finale in Abu Dhabi – is believed to bring the unprecedented season to en end in mid December.