According to the CEO of F1, the schedule for the 2020 season can take place in the number of 15 to 18 stages, starting from July 5 in Austria.
The COVID-19 pandemic seriously affected many world sporting events, including F1 racing. Up to this point, there have been nine races that could not take place as planned. F1 canceled the opening stage in Australia and later Monaco, while the stages of China, Bahrain, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Spain, Azerbaijan and Canada were delayed and the date of return was unknown. Thus, the F1 2020 season can only start the earliest in the French race, on June 26.
Recently, Mr. Chase Carey, CEO of F1 race, confirmed that the race will still be held on many continents, from Europe, Asia to America before ending in the Middle East. However, the French leg, the French Grand Prix, will not be in the above category because it has been canceled.
With this temporary schedule, the races in Europe will take place in July, August and September, in a closed road without the audience. Finally, the season will end in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December.
Mr. Carey shared that although on the morning of April 28, the French Grand Prix, scheduled to take place at the end of July, was informed that it would not take place, they are increasingly confident with the schedule planned to start the season from this summer.
They are planning to start racing in Europe in July, August and early September, with the first leg in Austria on July 3-5. September, October and November will race in Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, and finish the Gulf season with Bahrain and the traditional last leg in Abu Dhabi. The season will end in about 15 to 18 races. They will give a final schedule as soon as possible.
Mr. Carey has discussed with all 10 racing teams as well as the FIA to protect the sport against a long-anticipated economic recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first races are predicted to have no fans in the stands. But Mr Carey hopes the next steps will improve this as pandemic safety rules could begin to relax globally later this year.