Formula 1 has revealed the revised start to the 2020 calendar which will begin in Austria on 3-5 July at the Red Bull Ring.
Eight races will form the beginning of the new schedule, starting with a double-header in Austria, before heading to the Hungaroring (17-19 July), Silverstone for another double-header (31 July-2 August and 7 August – 9 August), Spain (14-16 August), Belgium (28-30 August) and Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (4-6 September).
The first UK race will be the British Grand Prix, while the second will be called the F1 70th anniversary Grand Prix to mark the seven decades since the first World Championship race at Silverstone.
F1 says races in these countries will go ahead under the strictest of safety precautions and that further rounds will be announced in the coming weeks.
Race personnel are expected to be granted an exemption from new British quarantine rules, which will require overseas visitors to self-isolate for 14 days.
Since the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of first practice, the F1 season has been on hold as measures against Covid-19 have been in effect globally.
The postponement of the season has already led to four races being cancelled, with the French, Monaco and Dutch Grands Prix confirmed to not be taking place this year.
The revised schedule includes two triple-headers and a double header on top of that, bringing the total to eight races inside 10 weeks in efforts to fit in as many races to the 2020 season as possible.
“In the past weeks we have been working tirelessly with all our partners, the FIA and the teams to create a revised opening 2020 calendar allowing us to restart racing in the safest possible way,” F1 Chairman and CEO Chase Carey said in a statement.
“We are pleased to be able to set out our opening eight race calendar today and look forward to publishing our full calendar in the coming weeks. I want to thank every promoter and partner for their support and ongoing commitment to Formula 1.
“While we currently expect the season to commence without fans at our races we hope that over the coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them back once it is safe to do,but we know the return of Formula 1 will be a welcome boost to sports fans around the world.”
2020 revised Formula 1 calendar
||Austrian Grand Prix
||Red Bull Ring
||Styrian Grand Prix
||Red Bull Ring
||Hungarian Grand Prix
|July 31-August 2
||British Grand Prix
||F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix
||Spanish Grand Prix
||Circuit de Catalunya
||Belgian Grand Prix
||Italian Grand Prix