The Formula 2 schedule for next season has been released, with twelve rounds confirmed including the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
Formula 2, the support series directly below Formula 1 on the motorsport ladder, has confirmed its 2020 calendar. In an effort to keep costs down, the calendar has been kept at twelve rounds although there has been a switch of one of the European venues.
Eight of the twelve rounds will take place at European Grands Prix, with four flyaways. Bahrain will serve as the season opener alongside the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix before the European season kicks off at Zandvoort in the Netherlands at the start of May. Barcelona and Monaco quickly follow before another flyaway to Baku in Azerbaijan.
The French round at Paul Ricard has been removed from the calendar, meaning Formula 2’s return to Europe will happen at the Austrian Grand Prix in July. Silverstone and Budapest round off the series before the summer break begins.
The second ‘half’ of the season consists of the Belgian round at Spa-Francorchamps, Monza in Italy before heading to Sochi in Russia in late September. A lengthy two month gap happens then before the season finale at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.
For now, the pre-season testing calendar is unconfirmed.
“Next season, our calendar will once again be made of twelve rounds, all part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekends.” said Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel. “We kept the number of events to the same amount as the previous two years as we have found the right balance between European rounds and overseas race weekends.
“I can confirm that more tracks would have liked to have F2 races there, but as always, we want to ensure that our Championship remains affordable by keeping the costs under control and thus the number of events to a total of twelve.”