What Is Happening With The Covid-19 Hit Formula 1 Season?
It’s all rather a bit confusing at the moment, we do know 8 races have been confirmed. The 2020 campaign was due to host 22 races, however, the coronavirus pandemic forced the immediate cessation of the entire season. The F1 circus did assemble for the opening race in Australia but it was abruptly canceled after McLaren team members contracted Covid-19. After months of lockdown, F1 bosses have decided that Austria will host the opening two races on July 5 and July 12.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is scheduled for July 19 and Silverstone will host the British Grand Prix in a doubleheader on August 2 and August 9. The Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled for August 16 followed by the Spanish Grand Prix on August 30. The Italian Grand Prix is scheduled for September 6.
F1 teams have resumed operations, many are organizing private test sessions to prepare for the Austrian Grand Prix. Beyond the Italian Grand Prix, not much is known. Formula One bosses are hoping they can cram in 18 races. They have confirmed that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the season-closing race, but have yet to give dates.
The confirmed races will be held behind closed doors, F1 teams will be following safety guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But some race venues do not want to take a chance, Azerbaijan, Singapore, and the Japanese Grand Prix have been canceled.
F1 bosses have been mulling more European venues to make up for the race venues who have canceled-out of the 2020 season