Formula 1 has revealed its provisional calendar for the 2020 season, featuring a record-breaking 22 races.

Starting in Australia on March 15 and finishing in Abu Dhabi on November 29, the 2020 F1 season will feature one new race in Vietnam, and a returning race in the Netherlands, which last staged a grand prix in 1985.

The only race that took place in 2019 not to feature on next year’s calendar is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, which drops off due to funding struggles.

The inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi will take place on April 5, while the Dutch Grand Prix will be the first European race of the new season on May 3.

Other changes to the schedule for 2020 include the return of Azerbaijan to a June slot, becoming a back-to-back with the Canadian Grand Prix, while Austin and Mexico City swap back to their original order after changing for 2019.

“It’s with great pleasure that today we publish the draft 2020 calendar. It’s the year in which the series that is the pinnacle of motorsport celebrates its seventieth anniversary with, for the first time, a 22 race calendar," F1 CEO and chairman Chase Carey said.

"It is significant for our sport and confirms our long-term strategy. Since we became involved in this sport in 2017, we have talked about developing new destination cities to broaden the appeal of Formula 1 and at the same time, consolidating our presence in Europe, the traditional home of the sport. Therefore, we have Vietnam making its debut in the capital Hanoi, one of the most exciting cities in the world right now with such a rich history and an incredible future ahead of it. And we also have the return of the historic Zandvoort circuit, on the outskirts of another vibrant city, Amsterdam, for the Dutch Grand Prix.

"In addition, we have extended our agreement with Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix, which in 1950 hosted the first of the 1009 events held to date and we are in negotiations with the Monza circuit which has hosted more Grands Prix (68) than any other track. We are also pleased that, this year, we have renewed the agreements with Mexico City and two countries, Australia and Azerbaijan, which have gone for long-term extensions well ahead of the end of their current contracts with us.

"The season with a record 22 Grands Prix has received unanimous support from the FIA and all the teams and clearly demonstrates the confidence that exists in the future of our sport, which with over 500 million fans remains one of the most followed and popular in the world.”

 

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