Indy could return to replace Austin in 2020

Mark Scott
F1 Indianapolis

Indianapolis has "all the ingredients" for F1 return says Jean Todt.

German publication Auto Motor und Sport has provided more of Formula 1’s alternative options as they look to build on their current eight-race calendar.

Formula 1 has mapped out the start of the revised schedule which will start with two races at the Red Bull Ring, the first of which will be held on July 6, and finishing in Italy at Monza on September 6.

But what will follow is still yet to be set in stone and Auto Motor und Sport believe there is a plan to hold two more races in Europe before beginning to travel further afield again.

Options include two races at Monza or a double header in Sochi, while Hockenheim, Mugello and Imola are all on standby to host races.

As we spread to Asia and the Americas, Singapore and Japan are reportedly off the table while there are also big doubts over whether Austin will be in a position to host the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas.

The financial situation at the track, which has been unable to hold any events, has been described as ‘tense’ and the IndyCar Series has already removed their planned race there from the schedule.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been mentioned as an alternative to Austin as they are planning to hold races such as the Indy 500 on August 23 and host two IndyCar races on June 4 and October 3 respectively.

Elsewhere, Vietnam officials are believed to be not very keen on hosting their inaugural Grand Prix race in October when they are due to host one again next spring.

Brazil and Mexico have declared their intention to be on the calendar, while Bahrain is open to the idea of hosting two races like Austria and England. Abu Dhabi still wants to host the traditional season finale.

Formula 1 is expected to confirm the next stage of the calendar in the coming weeks.

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