Istanbul Park back on calendar for first time since 2011, while Bahrain to host two races before Abu Dhabi finale on December 13; 17-race season confirmed
Last Updated: 25/08/20 12:02pm
Formula 1 has confirmed the final four races for the 2020 season, with Turkey returning after a nine-year absence and Bahrain hosting two grands prix.
With Abu Dhabi staging the final round on December 13, it means the sport has constructed a 17-race calendar after the delays and restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
China, which was the first race postponed earlier this year, has been formally cancelled for 2020.
Vietnam is also expected to be called off officially in due course.
Turkey’s Istanbul Park returns for the first time since 2011, with the undulating circuit previously proving popular with drivers and fans – particularly the unique and challenging fast quadruple-apex Turn Eight.
Istanbul’s return means F1 will now race on five venues not on the original 2020 schedule. Mugello, Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola are the four others.
The 2020 F1 calendar
COMPLETED: Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring
COMPLETED: Styrian GP, Red Bull Ring
COMPLETED: Hungarian GP, Budapest
COMPLTED: British GP, Silverstone
COMPLETED: 70th Anniversary GP, Silverstone
COMPLETED: Spanish GP, Barcelona
August 30: Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps
September 6: Italian GP, Monza
September 13: Tuscan GP, Mugello
September 27: Russian GP, Sochi
October 11: Eifel GP, Nurburgring
October 25: Portuguese GP, Portimao
November 1: Emilia Romagna GP, Imola
November 15: Turkish GP, Istanbul
November 29: Bahrain GP, Sakhir
December 6: Sakhir GP, Sakhir
December 13: Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina
Bahrain will become the third venue this year to host back-to-back events after Austria and Silverstone.
While the first event on November 29 will run under the normal Bahrain GP name, the second will be called the Sakhir GP in reference to the region the track is situated.
With the final three rounds forming the rejigged 2020 season’s fourth and final triple header, Abu Dhabi’s usual season finale has been pushed back by a fortnight from its original November 29 slot.
December 13 is the latest finish to a Formula 1 season since 1963, when the campaign concluded three days after Christmas.
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