No deadline to release complete calendar

Date published: June 3 2020

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Formula 1 is in no rush to set out the full 2020 calendar having released the European schedule.

Earlier this week Formula 1 chiefs confirmed an eight-race schedule for the European leg of the 2020 season, starting in Austria on 5 July and ending in Italy on 6 September.

The calendar includes two races at the Red Bull Ring followed by a Hungarian GP and then two races at Silverstone with Spain, Belgian and Italy wrapping up Formula 1’s European tour.

After that, though, there are no definite plans.

F1 boss Carey had previously spoken about heading to Asia after Europe before flying to the Americas and ending the season in Middle East.

Mexico has announced that it believes its race will go ahead on its original date, 30 October, although for now Carey says he is still speaking to the various race organisers.

The American has no set date in mind for what the next leg of the calendar needs to be finalised, conceding it is still a moving target.

“We’re in uncharted waters,” Carey told the official F1 website. “We certainly continue to have a lack of visibility beyond a fairly short timeframe.

“We’re engaged with all our promoters and we’re in active discussion with all of them, all of them are struggling to have the same visibility.

““We’re not going to give a deadline right now.

“With the fluidity of the situation, a deadline would create pressures which may not be right and realistic for the situation so we’re thinking of goals.

“Our goal would be before the end of June to if not complete the rest of the calendar, is to have a handle on it. We know what we would like to try and do.

“We have other options if some things don’t come together. We do expect there are races which are on the calendar which will probably still not occur. I think we certainly have options.

“We want to make sure we do it right but in these times, safety is still priority one, and we want to make sure we do it in a way that we’ve understood as much as possible what is required, what are the issues we have to deal with and not rush to any decisions before we can make them in the right way.”

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