Belgian Grand Prix – The draft calendar for the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship has been announced, and includes a record 22 Grands Prix over eight months.
The draft calendar for the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship has been released, and has already been submitted to the World Motor Sport Council for ratification. This means official confirmation is likely on the 4th of October at the next WMSC meeting.
Recent announcements have confirmed the continuation of the British, Spanish and Australian Grands Prix, while the return of the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort is confirmed for early May. A new venue, in the form of a street race in Hanoi, Vietnam, is also scheduled for early April.
With Mexico also confirmed for the next three years, the only question mark is over Italy – Formula 1 say discussions regarding this contract are ongoing but acknowledgement of these negotiations in itself is a sign that an announcement is likely a formality. The German Grand Prix at Hockenheim (pictured above) is not included on the calendar.
“It’s with great pleasure that today we publish the draft 2020 calendar.” said Chase Carey, CEO of Formula 1.
“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 [Liberty Media] 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 Date 29 August 2019 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.”