Formula 1 has added two more races to its 2020 calendar as it seeks to rebuild the season during the coronavirus crisis. Italy’s Mugello will stage its debut Grand Prix on 13 September, with the Russian GP in Sochi on 27 September. The two additions take the total number of races confirmed so far to 10.
F1 bosses are aiming to add further races within the coming days and are said still to be on target for a calendar of 15-18 races this year.
The Portimao track in Portugal, another venue new to F1, is expected to host a race after Russia.
Chase Carey, chairman and chief executive of F1, said: “We had a great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.
“The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September. We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000 grand prix. Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.”
Mattia Binotto, team principal and managing director at the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, added: “To be able to celebrate an extraordinary anniversary like the thousandth grand prix for Scuderia Ferrari at our own home at Mugello is an incredible opportunity. Mugello is not just one of the most spectacular and challenging tracks for drivers and cars, it is also a structure that has made sustainability one of its priorities.”
Talks had been at an advanced stage with China and Vietnam for their races to be rescheduled in late autumn after their original spring dates had to be cancelled.
But the Chinese government announced on Friday that there would be no international sporting events in the country for the remainder of the year other than trials for the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Hope is fading for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, as the early onset of winter in Quebec means the event has to be held at the latest on the first weekend in October.
The season is expected to end in the Middle East, with two races in Bahrain followed by the season-closer in Abu Dhabi.
Formula 1 2020 Championship Calendar
|Austria||Red Bull Ring||5 Jul|
|Styria||Red Bull Ring||12 Jul|
|Great Britain||Silverstone||2 Aug|