Formula One has introduced the first eight dates of its rescheduled calendar as the recreation objectives to return to racing on July 5 in Austria.
The first 10 races of the authentic 2020 calendar have been both cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing F1 to reschedule as many races as feasible in the 2nd 1/2 of the year.
The published dates solely characterize the first eight European rounds — taking vicinity in six venues over 10 weekends — with F1 hoping to announce further races in Asia and the Americas in the coming weeks to set up a calendar of 15 to 18 races.
The activity stated it “currently expects” the opening races will be closed to fans, however that it would welcome spectators back to circuits when it is secure to do so.
In order to cram as many races as possible into the calendar, two consecutive races will take region at the same circuit at each Red Bull Ring and Silverstone — a first for F1. To differentiate the rounds at the identical track, the 2d Austria race will be called the Steiermark Grand Prix and the 2d Silverstone race will be called the Formula One seventieth Anniversary Grand Prix, in attention of the sport’s first race at the equal circuit in 1950.
F1 CEO Chase Carey said in a news release: “In the previous weeks we have been working tirelessly with all our partners, the FIA and the teams to create a revised opening 2020 calendar allowing us to restart racing in the most secure feasible way. We are pleased to be capable to set out our opening eight race calendar today and appear ahead to publishing our full calendar in the coming weeks.
As part of F1’s plans to return to racing, teams will be restrained to eighty personnel every and saved apart from each different at the circuit to restriction the opportunity of coronavirus transmission. Paddock personnel will be examined for the virus earlier than leaving for races and tested normally on arrival. In order to restriction contact with the public, they are due to be flown on chartered jets as nicely as staying in block-booked accommodations inside driving distance of the circuit.
Marshals, who are critical to the running of races, will additionally be work and operate in small organizations in order to minimise the chances of transmission of the virus.
Although the relaxation of the calendar is due to be introduced in the coming weeks, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi have already been scheduled as the final two events on the calendar. F1 is leaving open the possibility of making them doubleheaders in order to bolster the number of rounds, if necessary.
F1’s two normal assist series, Formula 2 and Formula 3, will also tour to the identical eight occasions to get their seasons underway.