Formula One scrapped all 4 of this season’s races in the Americas due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday and added three European rounds, together with outdated favorites Imola and the Nuerburgring, to the calendar.
While beforehand scheduled grands prix in Canada, Texas, Mexico and Brazil had been canceled, Formula One stated in a press release that Portugal’s Portimao will host a race for the primary time.
“Due to the fluid nature of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, native restrictions and the significance of preserving communities and our colleagues secure, it won’t be potential to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this season,” it stated.
The cancellations take the tally of races axed from the unique 2020 calendar to 11. The different casualties of COVID-19 are Australia, France, Monaco, the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan.
The revised schedule now has 13 rounds, with F1 aiming for a diminished championship of between 15 and 18 with ultimate races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in mid-December.
Fifteen grands prix is the minimal wanted to fulfill tv contracts.
China’s postponed race in Shanghai can also be anticipated to be canceled however Vietnam stays in play and there have been talks of returning to Malaysia’s Sepang.
Formula One, whose industrial rights are held by U.S.-based Liberty Media, stated it appeared ahead to returning to the Americas subsequent season.
The U.S. on Thursday handed a complete of greater than four million Corona Virus infections for the reason that first U.S. case was documented in January, in accordance to a Reuters tally.
Texas, which was due to host the U.S. Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas on Oct. 25, has been one of many states hardest hit by the resurgent Corona Virus.
Brazil, with the overall confirmed circumstances of almost 2.three million, has the world’s worst outbreak of COVID-19 exterior the United States whereas Mexico ranks fourth in the world for fatalities.
Formula One stated the Nuerburgring would host the Eifel Grand Prix, named after the German area, on Oct. 11 – giving champions Mercedes a house race.
The Portuguese Grand Prix will probably be held on Oct. 25 on the Algarve circuit, the nation’s first race since 1996, and Imola hosts the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Nov. 1 – giving Italy three races for the primary time.
The others are at Monza and Mugello, the latter owned by Ferrari and due to host the Italian group’s 1,000th world championship grand prix in September.
The solely different event one nation has hosted three races in the identical season was 1982, when the U.S. had grands prix at Long Beach, Detroit and Las Vegas.
Imola beforehand hosted the Italian Grand Prix in 1980 and San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006. Brazil’s triple world champion Ayrton Senna died there in 1994 whereas driving for Williams.
The outdated Nuerburgring was a well-known pre-World War Two venue for grand prix racing and the transformed circuit final featured in the Formula One world championship in 2013. The circuit sank into insolvency in 2012 after which modified possession in 2014.
In its lengthy historical past, the agricultural circuit has hosted races variously designated because the German, European and Luxembourg Grands Prix.