2 June 2020
A calendar for F1...
Today is the first day in France on which people are allowed to travel more than 100 km from home and so as soon as it was possible it was time to hit the road to catch up with some relatives at the other end of the country.
Inevitably, this meant that theer would be a big announcement and so I type this from a motorway rest area, not far from Le Mans. F1 has finally published a calendar, or at least the first eight events, as expected in Europe.
It is going to be an action-packed time for those who attend – although we don’t yet know the policy relating to the media. The races will be closed and there will be sveen in nine weeks, starting off in Austria on July 5, as expected. A second race, to be called the Grand Prix of Steiermark, the region in Austria where the Red Bull is located, will be held a week later. There will then be a race in Budapest on July 17.
The teams will then go to the UK for a weekend off before a British GP at Silverstone on August 2 and a second race to be called by the Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on August 9. These will be followed by a race in Spain on August 16 and then another weekend off before a race at Spa on August 30, followed a week later by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
“It is currently expected that the opening races will be closed events, but it is hoped fans will be able to join events again when it is safe to do so,” F1 said in a statement.
“The opening calendar will include holding two consecutive events at the same circuit one week apart as well as a number of back to back events. The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority number one, with the FIA and Formula 1 having a robust and detailed plan to ensure our races maintain the highest level of safety with strict procedures in place.”
The F1 races will be accompanied by Formula 2 and Formula 3 events.