With the three countries showing the worst infection rates in the world, Formula 1 bosses have abandoned any hope to hold Formula 1 races in the Americas.
Also, the Canadian Grand Prix will not be included in the 2020 season. Indeed, the Canadian race, originally scheduled for June and postpone in April, will be cancelled. Despite the lower coronavirus impact, comparatively, to the rest of North America, the country has local restrictions that make impossible to hold a Formula 1 race.
By contrast, further races will take place in Europe to prolong the 2020 calendar. Germany’s Nurburgring and Imola in Italy will return to the Formula 1 calendar, while Portugal’s Portimao track will see its debut in Formula 1.
The Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, which hosted the last Formula 1 race in 2013, is scheduled for 11 October. Sceptical rumours regarding the viability of the circuit in October have spread around, as the site will be vulnerable to bad weather conditions.
Portimao, on the Algarve, is rumoured to occur on 25 October, while Imola is set to be held on 1 November. The latter has a strong historical background in Formula 1. Imola replaced Monza as the home of the Italian Grand Prix in 1980 and has hosted the San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006. Besides, the race has become notorious for the fatal crashes of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger on consecutive days in 1994.
Following these three additional races, the Formula 1 season will conclude in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, respectively, in November and December.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means that unfortunately it will not be possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this year.— Formula 1 (@F1) July 24, 2020
We look forward to returning next season to the Americas to put on a show for our passionate fans in the region
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