The 2020 Formula 1 calendar features a record-breaking 22 races, including the return of the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort and a new race on the streets of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Let’s take a look at the best destinations to visit in 2020!
The start of pre-season testing signals the end of the winter break and the return to the track for all ten teams, who will be at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 19-21 and 26-28 for six days of running with their 2020 challengers. Entry to pre-season testing is free with your 2020 Spanish Grand Prix ticket. Otherwise, General Admission access costs just €23 per day; access to the F1 Paddock is also available and highly recommended for just over €100 per day. Read our guide to 2020 pre-season testing.
Two weeks later, the 2020 F1 season proper begins with the 2020 Australian Grand Prix (March 12-15) in Melbourne. One of the best organized races on the calendar, the Australian Grand Prix is held at Albert Park, a popular recreational space midway between the city centre and St. Kilda beach. From the circuit, there’s easy access with free trams to the best culture, events, restaurants and nightlife that Melbourne has to offer. Tickets are already on sale and some grandstands are beginning to sell out ahead of the 2020 race.
Vietnam, China, Holland
The Hanoi Street Circuit may still be under construction, but it’s all systems go for the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix (April 3-5), which is coming up in four months’ time. Tickets are already on sale, but our advice is to wait a year; there’s bound to be organizational issues in 2020 (remember the return of the French Grand Prix in 2018?) and the spectator experience will undoubtedly be improved for 2021. If you do decide to attend the 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix, we recommend staying in the vibrant Old Quarter of the city and planning a few extra days to check out the sights.
There won’t be any celebrations to mark the 1022nd Formula 1 race, but the 2020 Chinese Grand Prix (April 17-19) in Shanghai is still one of the most exciting destinations on the current calendar. The largest city in the world is vibrant, exciting and affordable for Western tourists. Shanghai International Circuit, connected by the Metro to downtown, offers modern facilities and close racing. The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix is also expected to offer the cheapest tickets on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar; sales are expected to begin before Christmas.
The 2020 Dutch Grand Prix (May 1-3) is set to make a sell-out comeback at Circuit Zandvoort as the first round of the 2020 European Formula 1 season. There’s huge construction works happening right now at the seaside track near Amsterdam, including a heavily banked final corner. It’s going to be a mad scramble to get everything done in time, especially the amenities to cope with packed grandstands full of the Oranje Army! Tickets were heavily oversubscribed and the event is a sell out. Better start making plans for 2021.
Not ticked Monaco off your Formula 1 bucket list yet? Make it happen in 2020! A trip to the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix (May 21-24) doesn’t have to break the bank, unless you want it to. Even if you can’t afford to stay in Monaco itself on race weekend, make sure you set aside some time to walk the circuit and take in the city by night on race weekend. With a limited number of places to watch the action, the best grandstands are already starting to sell out more than five months ahead of next year’s race.
It may not be well served by international air routes, but Baku is definitely worth the trip. The best part is that the 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix (June 5-7) takes place in the heart of the city, and there’s plenty of affordable accommodation within walking distance of the track on race weekend. Tickets are discounted by 20% until January 15. Three-day grandstand tickets, priced from $160, include access to the post-race concerts at Crystal Hall. Past headliners have included Chris Brown, Enrique Iglesias, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Aguilera and The Black Eyed Peas.
France, Austria, Britain
The return of the French Grand Prix last year was beset by organization issues, especially for fans entering, parking and leaving the remote Circuit Paul Ricard. The good news is that a proper mobility plan is now in place and there’s plenty of scope to plan your holiday on the French Riviera around the 2020 French Grand Prix (June 26-28). France’s second largest city, Marseille, is also worth considering as your base for race weekend. Read about our First Impressions of Circuit Paul Ricard.
The Austrian Grand Prix has been increasing in popularity the past few years, thanks in no small part to the rise of Max Verstappen and his travelling Oranje Army. The setting in the Austrian hills is glorious and recent races have been exciting. Camp trackside or base yourself in Graz, Austria’s second largest city and birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger! Tickets for the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix (July 3-5) are discounted by 20% until the end of the year.
The 2020 British Grand Prix (July 17-19) is held at the height of the summer on one of the oldest circuits still on the F1 calendar. The organization has improved out of sight at Silverstone in recent years, and a packed support and entertainment schedule provides some justification for high ticket prices. Camp next to the track for the quintessential British Grand Prix experience while you keep your fingers crossed for dry weather. More than 8 months out from the , the best grandstands are already beginning to sell out.
Tickets are already on sale for the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix (August 28-30). Save up to 10% with early bird pricing until January 31, 2020. The historic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps offers excellent spectating, so long as you don’t mind climbing up and down a few hills! To get the most out of your experience at Spa, we recommend camping next to the track.
Why not make it back-to-back race weekends with a trip to Monza for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix (September 3-5). The oldest circuit on the calendar is located within one of the largest city parks in Europe, and nearby Milan offers an excellent choice of accommodation and close proximity to history, culture and nightlife. Although the trackside experience can be disorganized, there’s still nowhere like Monza and the post-race track invasion with thousands of Ferrari fans is a memorable experience. Tickets are discounted by up to 16.5% until January 31, 2020.
One week later, Formula 1 travels to the Russian seaside resort of Sochi for the 2020 Russian Grand Prix (September 25-27). The summer season may be over, but the weather is still warm and there’s plenty to see and do in the region. There’s also a good supply of affordable accommodation next to the Sochi Autodrom, which is surrounded by ice sports venues originally built for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Tickets for next year’s race at Sochi Autodrom are expected to go on sale before the end of the year.
Ticket sales for the 2020 Japanese Grand Prix (October 9-11) are not expected to begin until April, but it’s time to book your flights and accommodation for one of the calendar’s most interesting destinations.The home of the Japanese Grand Prix for more than 30 years, Suzuka Circuit is one of Formula 1’s most popular circuits with drivers and fans alike. For the best choice of accommodation and off-track activities, we recommend staying in the nearby city of Nagoya and taking the train to the track.
Mexico, Brazil, Abu Dhabi
A regular sellout, the Mexican Grand Prix offers arguably the best trackside atmosphere on the whole calendar! Sit in the Foro Sol stadium complex for the best experience, stay downtown and don’t be shy to try the street food! Ticket sales for the 2020 Mexico Grand Prix (October 30-November 1) are expected to commence before Christmas.
Located on the outskirts of the largest city in Brazil, Interlagos is an old-school track that has produced some of the most exciting races of the past 20 years, including another thriller in 2019. Whilst the city of Sao Paulo does have a reputation for being a little rough around the edges, the vast majority of F1 visitors experience no issues with safety, and the locals at the track are very welcoming. Ticket sales for the 2020 Brazilian Grand Prix (November 13-15) are expected to commence in March.
Finally, the curtain is set to come down on the longest F1 season in history at the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (November 27-29). Will we see the championships go down to the wire next year? Head to Yas Marina Circuit to find out! The Middle-East’s answer to Monaco, the home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix features superyachts, VIP parties and a 5-star hotel in the middle of the track! It’s also the only twilight race on the calendar. The downside? Abu Dhabi’s tickets (and accommodation prices on race weekend) are amongst the most expensive on the calendar. Tickets are expected to go on sale in April 2020.