PARIS – Organizers of the Formula 1 World Championships announced yesterday that no Grand Prix races will be held in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Canada this year.
“After long discussions and in close cooperation with our partners, and given the very changing nature of the situation on the pandemic of Covid 19, the constraints imposed at the local level and the importance of maintaining the health of local communities and our colleagues, it will not be possible to race in Brazil, the United States, Mexico,” the organizers said in a statement. And Canada this season. ”
Organizers stressed that the goal is still to organize between 15 and 18 races despite the turmoil caused by the spread of the new epidemic of the Corona virus.
Three races have already been held since the resumption of competitions early this month, with the start being in Austria with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, before moving to Hungary at the Hungaroring circuit.
The tournament was scheduled to start in the middle of last March from Australia, but its start was postponed due to “Covid-19” which caused the cancellation and postponement of many races, before starting from Austria in front of empty stands of fans, and under strict procedures that included changing the usual formula For celebrations after the end of the race.
Organizers pointed to the introduction of three new European races on the calendar, where a race will be held in Germany at the Nurburgring circuit on October 11, and another in Portugal at the Portimao circuit on the 25th of the same month, and in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on the famous Imola circuit October The second (November).
“We are pleased to welcome Portimao as a new circuit in the Formula 1 calendar and to see the return of Imola and Nurburgring, who have already hosted Grand Prix races in the past,” the statement said.
Two other races are scheduled for the Silverstone circuit (UK), one in Barcelona (Spain), one in Spa (Belgium), two in Italy (Monza and Mugello) and one in Russia (Sochi).
Organizers have not yet abandoned the idea of running races on the Asian continent, especially in China and Vietnam.
The season is expected to end in the Middle East in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, although the last two rounds have not yet been confirmed.
Portugal will return to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1996, 24 years after the Astorel race near Lisbon.
The race will be available to the masses, according to what Portuguese Tourism Minister Rita Marquez announced, “There will be spectators,” and she said, “We are working on a number of scenarios according to the health situation.”
The remainder of the World Championship calendar has become as follows:
- August 2: The Great Britain Prize (Silverstone).
- August 9: Grand Prix to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Formula 1 (Silverstone) launch.
- August 16: Spanish Grand Prix (Barcelona).
- August 30: Belgium Grand Prix (spa).
- September 6: The Grand Prize of Italy (Monza).
- September 13: Tuscany Grand Prix (Mugello).
- September 27: The Great Russia Award (Sochi).
- October 11: Eiffel Grand Prix (Nurburgring).
- October 25: The Portugal Grand Prix (Portimao).
- November 1: Emilia Romagna Award (Imola). – (AFP)