It’s official! The Formula 1 season has been expanded to 13 races with the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola all confirmed to be joining the schedule.
Formula 1 initially announced an eight-race calendar for the revised 2020 season which began with two races in Austria at the start of July and ending at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix on September 6.
The sport’s owners, Liberty Media, were able to confirm a further two races, with the Formula 1 roadshow staying in Italy at Mugello on September 13 for what will be Ferrari’s 1000th race before heading to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix on September 20.
And now, after plenty of hints online, including circuit maps being added to official Formula 1 website, the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola have all been officially added to the list.
The https://t.co/K7dWul2LTu has just replaced 🇩🇪Hockenheimring map with Nürburgring map (old article screenshot before 2019 German GP).
Also added Portimao track map – hinting to adding 🇵🇹Portugal to calendar! #F1 pic.twitter.com/dICeahn39Y
— Dominik Mišadin (@MikadiNcs) July 23, 2020
Two weeks after round 10 in Russia, the Nurburgring will play hosts for the Eifel Grand Prix on October 11. Two weeks later, the first ever Portuguese Grand Prix to be held at the Portimao circuit in the Algarve on October 25 and, the following week, we head back to Italy for the Imola on November 1. Intriguingly, the Imola race will be a two-day weekend as Formula 1 tries to experiment with different formats.
Formula 1 is continuing to rely on European races as a safety precaution and are going to bypass the Americas completely as Bahrain and Abu Dhabi look set to form the final leg of the 2020 calendar.
That means the likes of the United States Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, Brazilian Grand Prix and Mexican Grand Prix are all going to have to skip a year and hopefully return to the schedule for the 2021 campaign.
Revised F1 2020 calendar in full:
July 5 Austria
July 12 Austria
July 19 Hungary
August 2 Britain
August 9 Britain
August 16 Spain
August 30 Belgium
September 6 Monza, Italy
September 13 Mugello, Italy
September 27 Russia
October 11 Nurburgring, Germany
October 25 Portimao, Portugal
November 1 Imola, Italy
BREAKING: We're racing at Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola!
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 24, 2020
“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.”