F1 2020: Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi races confirmed

F1 2020: Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi races confirmed

25th Aug 2020 6:30 pm

F1 will return to Turkey’s Istanbul Park for the first time since 2011, followed races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

The complete F1 2020 calendar has finally been confirmed, with the series announcing four more races in Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

  • Turkish GP will make its F1 return on November 15
  • Bahrain to host a double-header on November 29 and December 6
  • F1 2020 season concludes with the Abu Dhabi GP on December 13

Just last month, F1 had announced additional rounds Germany, Italy and Portugal. This latest announcement takes the total number of races up to 17. As a minimum of 15 races are required to guarantee full payment by the TV broadcasters, this leaves some buffer should one or two events be cancelled owing to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s what the full F1 2020 calendar looks like:

Updated F1 2020 Calendar
Round Race Venue Date
Round 1Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von OsterreichThe Red Bull Ring, AustriaJuly 3-5
Round 2Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der SteiermarkThe Red Bull Ring, AustriaJuly 10-12
Round 3Formula 1 Aramco Magyar NagydijThe Hungaroring, HungaryJuly 17-19
Round 4Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand PrixSilverstone, UKJuly 31 - August 2
Round 5Formula 1 Emirates 70th Anniversary Grand PrixSilverstone, UKAugust 7-9
Round 6Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de EspanaCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, SpainAugust 14-16
Round 7Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps, BelgiumAugust 28-30
Round 8Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d'ItaliaMonza, ItalySeptember 4-6
Round 9Formula 1 Gran Premio Della Toscana Ferrari 1000 Mugello, ItalySeptember 11-13
Round 10Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand PrixSochi Autodrom, RussiaSeptember 25-27
Round 11Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis Der EifelNurburgringOctober 9-11
Round 12Formula 1 Heineken Portuguese Grand PrixPortimaoOctober 23-25
Round 13Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio Dell’Emilia RomagnaImolaOctober 31-November 1
Round 14Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand PrixIstanbul ParkNovember 13-15
Round 15Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand PrixSakhirNovember 27-29
Round 16Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand PrixSakhirDecember 4-6
Round 17Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYas MarinaDecember 11-13

Turkish GP returns to F1

The Turkish GP will kick off F1 2020’s flyaway races, with Istanbul Park hosting a Grand Prix for the first time since 2011. The race will be held on November 13-15.

This will be followed by a double-header in Bahrain on November 29 and December 6, respectively. F1 has been considering using Bahrain’s shorter outer circuit for a race this year. However, there is no confirmation on whether this faster layout will be used for the second race, which will run under the Sakhir GP moniker.

The season will finally wrap up with the Abu Dhabi GP at the Yas Marina Circuit on December 13.

Additionally, F1 has also confirmed that the 2020 Chinese GP (which was postponed earlier this year) has been cancelled altogether.

Will fans be allowed to attend F1 races this year?

So far, all the races have been held as closed events. However, organisers of the 2020 Russian GP have confirmed that the race will be open to spectators.

In line with that, F1 has announced that a number of races this year will be opened up to a limited number of fans, including hospitality. Organisers are currently working with event promoters to finalise the details and will announce the selected races in the coming weeks.

“While we want to see as many fans as possible return as soon as it is safe to do so, our priority remains the safety of the Formula 1 community and the communities we visit, and we review fan access on this basis,” a statement from the series read.

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