After the cancelation of some races in the 2020 calendar, it looks like this year's Formula One season will still push through. Formula One CEO Chase Carey has just announced that this year's opening race will take place in Austria from July 3 to 5, 2020.
Initially, Carey said that they plan on holding races in Europe from July until August. Afterward, they're looking to move to Eurasia and Asia for the months of September and October. Then from October to November, the F1 racing scene will take place in Asia and the Americas. And in true Formula One tradition, the final race of the season will finish up in the Middle East in Bahrain.
“We’re targeting a start to racing in Europe through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria on 3-5 July weekend. September, October, and November would see us race in Eurasia, Asia, and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi, having completed between 15-18 races,” said Carey.
Surely you're already excited about booking some tickets for this year's race. Sadly that will not be the case as Carey mentioned that they will not be expecting fans in the early races. However, they are hopeful that once they have worked out the issues and procedures needed to keep fans safe during the racing events, they are hoping that the fans will become a part of the events once more.
“The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority one and we will only go forward if we are confident we have reliable procedures to address both risks and possible issues,” added Carey.
Apart from that, the CEO also said that they are working with the FIA, teams, promoters, and other key partners to strengthen the long-term future of Formula One. Through an array of new technical, sporting and financial regulations, Carey said that these will improve the competition and action on the track, while also making it a healthier business for all parties involved amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not all is set in stone, however, as Chase did mention that their plans are still subject to change as they still have plenty of issues to address. But for the sake of everyone's safety in the motorsport, it has to be done in the right and safest way.
“We look forward to doing our part by enabling our fans to once again safely share the excitement of Formula One with family, friends, and the broader community. Our best wishes to all of you” ended Carey.
As soon as the situations become more favorable, Formula One will publish the finalized calendar.