F1 Calendar News: September 2019 Round-Up

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The 2020 F1 calendar is confirmed, next year’s F2 and F3 calendars are revealed, Italy will remain on the schedule until 2024 and next year’s Sochi race could be the last. Here’s a round-up of all the Formula 1 calendar news from September 2019!

2020 F1 calendar confirmed

The 2020 Formula 1 calendar has been ratified by the FIA at today’s meeting of the World Motorsport Council. There are no changes from the provisional calendar released in August. There will be 22 rounds, with a new race in Vietnam and the return of the Dutch Grand Prix. Read more about next year’s schedule here, and find advice on buying tickets here.

Italy confirmed until 2024

At the start of September, it was confirmed that the Italian Grand Prix would remain on the calendar until 2024. The news followed an agreement between Formula 1 and the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI). The long-term future of the event had been in some doubt but things began to move in a positive direction in April as the two parties reached an “agreement in principle”. Monza will celebrate its centenary in 2022.

Another Italian race?

Despite the confirmation of the Italian Grand Prix’s future at Monza, two other Italian circuits appear to have ambitions of hosting Formula 1. A return of the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola could be on the cards. After recent developments, Imola is well placed to host a Grand Prix again as it holds FIA Grade 1 status. The circuit’s facilities are currently being upgraded further, with a new paddock building being built. Autosport reports on developments to bring F1 back to the track when the work is complete.

Meanwhile, Mugello is also keen to add F1 to its roster in the longer-term future. The Mugello circuit is famed for its MotoGP race but has some previous F1 experience, having hosted testing as recently as 2012.

One last visit to Sochi?

RaceFans report that the 2020 Russian Grand Prix will be the last to be hosted at the Sochi Autodrom. However, the event holds a contract to remain on the calendar until 2025, and a move elsewhere in Russia is possible. St Petersburg is expected to pick up the event from 2021, while Formula E is rumoured to be heading to Sochi in the not too distant future.

2020 F2 & F3 calendars revealed

The 2020 Formula 2 and Formula 3 calendars were revealed in September. The two series will provide support races at the majority of the European rounds of the season – but there will be no French round in either series. This leaves the French Grand Prix weekend with the potential for a sparse support schedule. Instead, both F2 and F3 will head to Zandvoort in support of the Dutch Grand Prix. 2020 will mark the first time that F3 will form part of the Bahrain Grand Prix support schedule. As in 2019, the F3 season finale will take place in Sochi, Russia, while F2’s season will come to an end in Abu Dhabi alongside F1.

Other news in brief:

  • Kimi Raikkonen has told crash.net that a race in Finland would happen “if somebody puts the money down and does it”.
  • Speaking to Auto Motor und Sport, Bernie Ecclestone says that “16 races are enough”, and that adding more races will devalue Formula 1.
  • The next F1 Festival will take place in Hollywood on 30 October. Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will all take to Hollywood Blvd. to perform show runs ahead of the United States Grand Prix.
  • A reported 10% of tickets for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix have already sold, despite reports of environmental court challenges that could put back preparations for the inaugural 2020 event, which is less than 7 months away
  • Should the Singapore Grand Prix remain on the calendar after 2021, the track configuration will have to change due to construction work in the area.
  • The team behind Goodwood’s Festival of Speed will host a new event in 2021. The first Festival of Motoring USA will take place in Atlanta in April 2021. Meanwhile, Goodwood’s legendary Festival of Speed has been confirmed for July 9 – 12, 2020 and the Goodwood Revival will take place on September 11 – 13. More details can be found here.

Are you planning an F1 trip in 2020? Would you be happy to the Russian Grand Prix move elsewhere in the country? Leave a comment below!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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