August 29th 2019
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F1 Releases 2020 Draft Calendar, Featuring Record 22 Grands Prix
Formula 1 released the draft calendar of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, which features an unprecedented 22 Grands Prix.
F1's 70th anniversary season gets underway with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15 and, as usual, it will end with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 29.
Along the way there will be seven back-to-back race weekends and two new additions.
Vietnam will become the 34th country to stage a round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, with a race in the dazzling capital Hanoi on April 5.
Meanwhile, a famous name from the past returns in the shape of the Zandvoort circuit, which will be the venue for the Dutch Grand Prix—and much Max Verstappen mania—on May 3.
This year, several historic events—Australia, Great Britain and Spain—have renewed their contracts, as has the more recent and spectacular Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Mexico City will continue to host a race for the next three years under the new title of Mexico City Grand Prix.
And, currently being finalized is an extension to the contract with the Italian Grand Prix, which next weekend celebrates its 90th anniversary.
“Formula 1 is in a good place right now,” says Chloe Targett-Adams, Formula 1 Global Director of Promoters and Business Relations. “To be able to have 22 races across 22 different territories shows we have grown the sport’s fan base massively, both at the races and at home. There is huge engagement and people want to come and see Formula 1. It’s a great opportunity for the sport.
“It is a challenge of course. It will lead to more work for everyone in F1 and we are all conscious of the extra load it places on team personnel, our own staff, and all of our stakeholders from an operational and logistical point of view. But we are all working together to grow our sport and an increased number of races form part of that vision. It is an incredibly positive result for Formula 1 to reach 22 races.”