Two circuits which have never previously held rounds of the world championship are expected to be added to the 2020 F1 calendar in the near future.
As RaceFans revealed earlier this month, Mugello is set to follow Monza as the second Italian round of the championship this year. The Ferrari-owned track will play host to the team’s 1000th appearance in a world championship race which their 2020 chassis, the SF1000, is named after.
That race will conclude the third run of three consecutive races which will begin with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 30th. Following a weekend off, a fourth run of three consecutive races will be held.
This may begin with the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on its original scheduled date of September 27th. However F1 may not be ready to commit to races outside continental Europe at this stage, in which case a third addition to the original calendar is being considered as a back-up option.
The Hockenheimring, which held the German Grand Prix last year but did not feature on the 2020 schedule, has emerged as the likely destination for F1 if the Sochi race cannot go ahead as planned. This will be followed by a race at the Algarve circuit in Portimao.
Like Mugello, Algarve has never previously hosted a round of the world championships. However teams have tested at both venues – several F1 teams visited Mugello in 2012 and Ferrari did last week, and groups of teams went to the Portimao track in 2008 and 2009.
This three-race run is expected to conclude with the postponed Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on October 11th.
F1’s plans for the remainder of the season remain yet to be confirmed. However this arrangement would allow for a one-week break before the originally scheduled back-to-back races at Circuit of the Americas and the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The uncertainty created by the pandemic makes these plans highly tentative.
However given F1’s plan to end its season with races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December, these plans would put it on course to surpass its targeted minimum of 15 races.
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