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May 13, 2020

F1 News: Provisional 2020 calendar takes shape

F1 News: Provisional 2020 calendar takes shape

Formula 1 looks set to begin the season with two double-header rounds in Austria and at Silverstone, as a provisional support category timetable hints at 2020’s condensed European leg.

Autosport has learned that teams from FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 were given a draft provisional calendar in an online meeting on Monday of this week – with all rounds in support of F1.

Furthermore, Autosport understands that the provisional calendar kicks off with the two Austrian events at the Red Bull Ring, which Formula 1 is hoping to run on the 5 July and 12 July weekends, followed by rounds at Silverstone on the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August.

The two Silverstone rounds would be part of a triple-header of rounds and held without any fans in attendance, with the third currently set to be between the Barcelona circuit and Hockenheim – which is known to be in discussions with F1 about a late reprieve to the calendar.

A second triple header provisionally consisting of races at the Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps and Monza is set to span the end of August and the start of September, before F2 heads with F1 to Baku and Sochi.

Any rounds in Hungary would be held behind closed doors as the government has put restrictions on large gatherings – while Belgium is currently under a similar ruling.

However, rumours suggest Spa could be moved to a later 13 September date, which could push back the Baku and Sochi rounds touted on the following weeks.

The two junior series would reunite in the Middle East in December, as F1 looks set to end the 2020 season with rounds in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

There has also been speculation of a second Bahrain race.

As a result, the Macau Grand Prix looks set to lose its status as an end-of-season FIA Formula 3 showcase due to the coronavirus-enforced changes.

Like last year, the F3 championship season was scheduled to finish with the Russian Grand Prix support slot in late September, giving plenty of time to prepare for the standalone non-championship Macau Grand Prix on 22 November.

But the disruption to the European season means that FIA F3 is now likely to support the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix on putative dates in December.

Media in Macau have already reported that this would mean that their event counts for championship points, but Autosport sources have said that this will not be the case.

FIA F3 Championship sporting regulations stipulate reversed-grid second races, which would completely jeopardise the format of Macau, and it would also prevent teams doing one-off deals with drivers from other categories.

The fact that Macau would not be the end-of-season fixture does not necessarily present any further logistical challenges to teams, as the 2019 event – the first to be run for the new FIA F3 cars – was immediately followed by the Abu Dhabi test.

This would keep the F2 schedule at the intended 12 rounds and bump F3 up from nine to 10 events – although the F3 regulations stipulate that it is a nine-round series, the inability to continue pre-season official testing is offset by the extra date.

F2 requires a minimum of 10 rounds to retain its championship status.

Autosport understands the provisional support calendar presented to the teams to be as follows:

4-5 July Red Bull Ring
11-12 July Red Bull Ring
25-26 July Silverstone
1-2 August Silverstone
8-9 August Hockenheim or Barcelona
22-23 August Hungaroring
29-30 August Spa
5-6 September Monza
19-20 September Baku (F2 only)
26-27 September Sochi (F2 only)
5-6 December Bahrain
12-13 December Yas Marina

Published at Wed, 13 May 2020 17:20:14 +0000

Goodwood Members’ Meeting postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus

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The Goodwood Members’ Meeting has been postponed until April 2021 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 78th edition of the historic event was due to take place on 28-29 March this year but was postponed due to the growing coronavirus crisis.

It was hoped an alternative date could be found later in the year but organisers have now taken the decision to delay the event until 2021.

A new provisional date has been given of 10-11 April 2021.

In a statement, Goodwood said: “With social distancing measures set to continue through the summer, it has become clear that significant compromises would have to be made in order to hold the 78th Members’ Meeting later in 2020 – compromises which would have risked losing what makes it so special to so many people.”

The racing content originally planned for this year is still due to form part of the rescheduled fixture next season – including a two-part SF Edge Trophy contest for Edwardian machines and two heats and a final for Group 1 saloons contesting the Gerry Marshall Trophy.

All 2020 Members’ Meeting tickets will roll over to next year.

The Duke of Richmond added: “We were very sad to postpone the 78th Members’ Meeting in March this year, but were confident that it was the right thing to do to protect our visitors, competitors and staff.

“The 78th Members’ Meeting will be our best yet, and we are already working to see how we can add to the spectacular racing we had planned.

“I know that our many fans of the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival are keen to know how and when their favourite motorsport events will be taking place, and we are exploring a range of options to host events again as soon as we can.”

Published at Wed, 13 May 2020 16:17:24 +0000

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