Record 22-race strong Formula 1 calendar revealed for 2020

The draft calendar for the FIA Formula 1 2020 season has been released with an unprecedented 22 races to whet the appetite.

For the 2020 season, Vietnam will be on the calendar for the first time, the new venue occupying the third race slot on April 5 after the traditional opening rounds of Australia and Bahrain.

The Hanoi race is followed by the Chinese GP, with the second new race, the Dutch GP at Zandvoort, following on May 3. The Spanish Grand Prix confirmed a one-year extension this week and resumed its place after Monaco, and with the German Grand Prix no longer on the calendar, the only provisional date is for the Italian Grand Prix on September 6 with the race pending contract approval.

With Australia, Great Britain, Azerbaijan and Mexico City also having renewed contracts this year, the packed calendar will be an exciting one for teams and fans alike, as Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO, Formula 1® clarified.

“It’s with great pleasure that today we publish the draft 2020 calendar,” said Carey in an official F1 statement. “It’s the year in which the series that is the pinnacle of motorsport celebrates its seventieth anniversary with, for the first time, a 22 race calendar. It is significant for our sport and confirms our long-term strategy. Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1 and at the same time, consolidating our presence in Europe, the traditional home of the sport.

“Therefore, we have Vietnam making its debut in the capital Hanoi, one of the most exciting cities in the world right now with such a rich history and an incredible future ahead of it. And we also have the return of the historic Zandvoort circuit, on the outskirts of another vibrant city, Amsterdam, for the Dutch Grand Prix. In addition, we have extended our agreement with Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix, which in 1950 hosted the first of the 1009 events held to date and we are in negotiations with the Monza circuit which has hosted more Grands Prix (68) than any other track.

“We are also pleased that, this year, we have renewed the agreements with Mexico City and two countries, Australia and Azerbaijan, which have gone for long-term extensions well ahead of the end of their current contracts with us. The season with a record 22 Grands Prix has received unanimous support from the FIA and all the teams and clearly demonstrates the confidence that exists in the future of our sport, which with over 500 million fans remains one of the most followed and popular in the world.”

Fraser Masefield

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