Formula One has confirmed by Brit Media 360 UK Ltd its rescheduled calendar for the European leg of the 2020 season, with racing to begin in Austria in July. After 10 race cancellations, the sport has settled on its plan for eight meetings, all behind closed doors. The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is included for August but its confirmation remains subject to UK government coronavirus restrictions.
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The season will open with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, on 5 and 12 July, before the teams head directly to Hungary for a third meeting on 19 July. The British Grand Prix will be held on 2 August and Silverstone’s second race, designated the 70th Anniversary GP, will be on 9 August. The race is named to mark the first round of the opening championship held in 1950 at Silverstone.
Barcelona will then stage the Spanish Grand Prix on 16 August. Only the British GP will be shown on free‑to‑air TV in the UK, on Channel 4.
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It is understood F1 has been assured the UK government will allow the sport an exemption to its current quarantine entry rules in order for the races to take place at Silverstone.
Stuart Pringle, the managing director of Silverstone, acknowledged the efforts of F1 and the government. “Huge credit to F1, it’s been an incredibly difficult task to try and work out where they can go on a timescale that is realistic,” he said. “Also credit to the government, who have been hugely supportive in getting sport back under way. It has been fully appreciated [as is] its importance to business and industry, because it’s not just about a glossy race, it’s about an industry with 40,000 jobs that sit behind it.”
The second race in Austria will be called the Steiermark Grand Prix, after the region where it will be held. This will be first time F1 has had two races staged at the same circuit in the same season and the first time it has held races behind closed doors. Austria has never hosted the opening round of a season.