The Tifosi

Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola to feature on revised F1 calendar

Formula One today announced that the season calendar will be extended to 13 races, with Portimão, Imola and Nürburgring confirmed to each host Grands Prix in October.

It was previously mooted that races in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada could also be added to the calendar, but due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting those destinations, it has been decided that it is now not possible to visit those countries in 2020.

The good news is that the challenging and undulating Portimão circuit, that has previously been used for testing, will offer a new and unique challenge for drivers and teams, with F1 fans also treated to the return of the iconic Imola and Nürburgring tracks.

“We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola to the revised calendar,” commented Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1. “We want to thank the promoters, the teams, and the FIA for their full support in our efforts to bring our fans exciting racing this season during an unprecedented time.

“We also want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world.”

The Nürburgring, which last hosted a grand prix in 2013, will be the first of the three races up on October 11, followed by Portimão on the Algarve on October 25. The Imola circuit, that last hosted a grand prix in 2006 and will forever be notorious for the tragic events of 1994, will take its slot on November 1.

It brings the haul of races in 2020 to 13, but that is expected to grow further, with the new street circuit in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi and races in Bahrain and one in Abu Dhabi also expected to take place.

Motorsport Technology