Provisional 2020 F1 Calendar Revealed

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The draft Formula 1 calendar for the 2020 season has been revealed. The 22-race schedule features a new race in Vietnam plus the return of the Dutch Grand Prix, while Germany falls off the calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: the 2020 Formula 1 calendar will not be ratified by the FIA World Motorsport Council until October 4. We recommend exercising caution with travel bookings, especially flights, before this time. 

As previously confirmed, the 2020 season will begin in Australia on March 15. There’ll then be a quick turnaround as the Bahrain Grand Prix takes place the following weekend, in the first of seven back-to-back events over the course of the year. The record-breaking 22-race season ends in Abu Dhabi on November 29.

As a result of the two new additions, and at the request of race organisers, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix moves to a later date in June. Elsewhere, with the removal of Germany from the calendar, the British Grand Prix moves to 19th July – a week later than the 2019 date. The second half of the season remains much the same as in 2019, but with the USA and Mexico races having swapped places.

The Spanish Grand Prix had previously been expected to fall off the calendar, but a last minute investment from the Catalan government sees the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya remain for at least one more year. It’s also expected that pre-season testing will once again take place in Barcelona in the last two weeks of February 2020, though the test length is set to be reduced from eight to six days.

Despite previously facing uncertain futures, both the British and Mexican Grands Prix appear on the 2020 schedule, though the latter has a new title – it will be known as the Mexico City Grand Prix. Silverstone signed a new 5-year deal to host the British Grand Prix back in July, while Mexico’s inclusion on the calendar seems to be more short term. The only race listed as “subject to contract signature” is the 2020 Italian Grand Prix, though a new contract may be announced as soon as next week. Elsewhere, the Brazilian Grand Prix will remain at Interlagos, despite speculation of a move to a new circuit in Rio. See the full provisional 2020 calendar below.

2020 Formula 1 calendar

March 13-15
Tickets & Experiences on sale.
March 20-22
Experiences on sale. Tickets not yet on sale.
April 3-5
Tickets & Experiences on sale.
April 17-19
Experiences on sale. Tickets not yet on sale.
May 1-3
Tickets sold out. Experiences on sale.
May 8-10
Tickets & Experiences on sale.
May 21-24
Tickets & Experiences on sale.
June 5-7
Experiences on sale. Tickets not yet on sale.
June 12-14
Tickets & Experiences on sale.
June 26-28
Save 20% on tickets until December 31, 2019. Experiences on sale.
July 3-5
Save up to 20% on tickets until Dec 31, 2019. Experiences on sale.
July 17-19
Tickets & Experiences on sale.
Jul 31-Aug 2
Save up to 15% on tickets until Dec 31, 2019. Experiences on sale.
Aug 28-30
Tickets on sale & discounted by 15% until September 30, 2019. Save with early bird pricing on experiences until October 2, 2019.
Sept 4-6
Save with early bird pricing on experiences until October 9, 2019. Tickets not yet on sale.
Sept 18-20
Tickets not yet available.
Sept 25-27
Tickets & Experiences not yet available.
Oct 9-11
Tickets & Experiences not yet available.
Oct 23-25
Tickets & Experiences not yet available.
Oct 30-Nov 1
Tickets & Experiences not yet available.
Nov 13-15
Tickets not yet available.
United-Arab-Emirates-iconAbu Dhabi
Nov 27-29
Tickets & Experiences not yet available.

Click here for advice on purchasing tickets for next year’s races. We recommend exercising caution when booking tickets, hotels and flights for next year’s events – remember, this is a provisional calendar and the schedule is yet to be fully confirmed!

Vietnam and the Netherlands join the schedule

There will be one new track and one returning venue on the 2020 schedule. The new Vietnam Grand Prix was announced in November 2018, with building work on the site beginning earlier this year. The street circuit, located to the west of Hanoi’s city centre, will take place on a mix of purpose-built and existing roads. Taking inspiration from other iconic circuits, it looks set to become one of F1’s fastest street circuits.

Meanwhile, Zandvoort will rejoin the calendar for the first time since 1985 with the Dutch Grand Prix taking place in May. After months of speculation, news of the return of a race in Holland was made official earlier this year. The race already looks set to be a success in terms of attendance figures – Max Verstappen’s legion of Dutch fans have boosted figures at races across Europe in recent years. The event will replace the Spanish Grand Prix as the opening race of the European season.

Auf Wiedersehen, Germany

As had widely been expected, the German Grand Prix is off the calendar for 2020. The future of the German Grand Prix has been unstable for some time now, with Hockenheim holding a contract to only host the race in alternate years after a race sharing agreement with the Nurburgring ended. That changed for this year following strong ticket sales in 2018 plus title sponsor backing from Mercedes. However, in May it was reported that the future of the event relied heavily on securing a title sponsor. With Mercedes unwilling to sponsor the event for a second consecutive year, Germany is now without a race.

What are your thoughts on the provisional 2020 calendar? Will you be attending any of next year’s races? 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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