Formula 1 has confirmed that the 2020 season will start in Austria next month and revealed the details on the first eight races of a new calendar.
After racing was put on hold due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Formula 1, the teams, and the FIA as well have been working together to put a plan to allow the season to start safely, and F1 chief executive Chase Carey has outlined the first part of a newly revised calendar of races.
The season will start with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 5, followed by a second race at the same track one week later.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will follow one week after that, before a break. Then there will be two back to back races at Silverstone, then followed by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona.
The Belgian Grand Prix will later follow that, with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza one week later on September 6.
All these races will be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3.
Because of the ongoing fluidity of the novel coronavirus situation internationally, F1 will be finalizing the details of the calendar and expect to publish that in the coming weeks with a hope of having a total of 15-18 races before completing the season in December.
F1 presently expect the opening races to be closed events but hope fans will be allowed to attend again when it is safe enough to do so.
The health and safety of all involved will remain priority number one, with Formula 1 as well as the FIA having a robust and detailed plan to make sure that all the races provide the highest level of safety with strict methods in place.