The 2020 Formula 1 world championship calendar has been officially confirmed with no changes to the provisional plans, while changes to the sporting regulations have been discussed at the latest FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting which will be voted on in the coming weeks.

F1 gears up for its biggest-ever campaign with 22 races, while pre-season testing has been reduced to six days in total and the two two-day in-season tests are set to be dropped, with the 2020 campaign getting underway on 15th March with the Australian Grand Prix.

At today’s FIA World Motor Sport Council meeting held in Cologne’s Michael Schumacher Exhibition, the governing body has also confirmed changes to the 2020 sporting regulations were discussed and will be voted on.

Details on the proposed sporting rule changes for next year were not released by the FIA, but are likely to include the reverse qualifying race idea that has been met with a mixed reception by F1 drivers.

After initially calling the reverse grid qualifying race “complete bullshit”, Lewis Hamilton has clarified his comments and says he would be open to tweaking the F1 format at races he saw as typically boring.

The FIA Council were also presented with an updated draft of the 2021 F1 sporting, technical and financial regulations shake-up with a separate vote set to take place for the rules to be published by 31st October 2019.

A permanent GPDA (Grand Prix Drivers’ Association) seat will be added to the FIA Drivers’ Commission meetings to ensure drivers are represented on sporting, safety matters and accident investigations.

F1 drivers have been keen to voice their opinions through the GPDA on the changes set to transform the sport, while a number of drivers present at recent FIA meetings this year.

2020 F1 Race Calendar
DateRaceCircuit
19-21 FebPre-Season Test 1Barcelona
26-28 FebPre-Season Test 2Barcelona
15-MarAustraliaMelbourne
22-MarBahrainSakhir
05-AprVietnamHanoi*
19-AprChinaShanghai
03-MayNetherlandsZandvoort*
10-MaySpainBarcelona
24-MayMonacoMonaco
07-JunAzerbaijanBaku
14-JunCanadaMontreal
28-JunFranceLe Castellet
05-JulAustriaSpielberg
19-JulGreat BritainSilverstone
02-AugHungaryBudapest
30-AugBelgiumSpa
06-SepItalyMonza
20-SepSingaporeSingapore
27-SepRussiaSochi
11-OctJapanSuzuka
25-OctUSAAustin
01-NovMexicoMexico City
15-NovBrazilSão Paulo
29-NovAbu DhabiYas Marina

*Subject to circuit homologation 

 

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