Zandvoort’s return to the F1 calendar was delayed last year but has a September date in 2021.
The end of the season puts F1 on some uncomfortable ground, with Interlagos given a November 14 date — subject to a contract being agreed. F1 had agreed to move the race to a new Rio de Janeiro circuit, but the track has not yet been built, as a row continues over the destruction of forest that construction would require.
Saudi Arabia is then due to host the following race; the country’s record of human rights abuses sitting at odds with Formula 1’s inclusive ‘We Race As One’ message.
Abu Dhabi’s contract secures its right to close the season, which is due to be on December 5 in 2021.
“We are planning for 2021 events with fans that provide an experience close to normal and expect our agreements to be honoured,” said Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of F1. “We have proven that we can safely travel and operate our races and our promoters increasingly recognise the need to move forward and manage the virus. In fact, many hosts actually want to use our event as a platform to show the world they are moving forward.
“We are delighted to see Saudi Arabia become part of the schedule and are equally excited to return to the venues we hoped to race at in 2020. We want to thank all our promoters and partners for their ongoing enthusiasm and collaboration and look forward to giving our fans an exciting season on the track.”
2020 F1 calendar: provisional dates
|June 27||France||Paul Ricard|
|July 4||Austria||Red Bull Ring|
|October 24||USA||Circuit of the Americas|
|October 31||Mexico||Mexico City|
|November 28||Saudi Arabia||Jeddah|
|December 5||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi|
*Subject to contract