The promoters of the Mexican Grand Prix expect their Formula 1 race will be able to go ahead as planned on its original date.

On Tuesday, F1 championship bosses unveiled the early plans for its revised 2020 calendar, confirming eight European-based rounds would be kicked off with back-to-back behind closed doors races in Austria in early July.

The Red Bull Ring rounds will be followed up with the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 16, a second double-header event at Silverstone at the start of August, before further races in Spain, Belgium and Italy across August and early September.

F1 is yet to publish the remainder of its calendar due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but hopes to have finalised a full 15-18-race schedule in the coming weeks.

The championship aims to travel to Asia and the Americas in the Autumn before concluding the heavily-delayed 2020 campaign in the Middle East, with the final two races likely to take place in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in mid-December. 

Responding to the announcement, Mexican Grand Prix promoter group, Inter-American Entertainment Corporation (CIE), said its dates of 30 October to 1 November “remain firm”.

“The highest priority of the organisers of the Mexico City GP is to ensure the well-being and health of all, which is why the strictest sanitation measures are being taken to guarantee the safest experience for all attendees at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez,” read a statement from race organisers.

“For this, in conjunction with Formula 1, FIA and the Government of Mexico City, they will be closely monitoring the world situation.

“In the event that due to force majeure the event in Mexico City must be held without an audience or is cancelled, it will be communicated through official channels.”

Mexico has nearly 100,000 cases of coronavirus which has caused over 10,000 deaths to date, with the country currently sitting 14th in the global table of confirmed infections.

The Mexican Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 2015 at the updated Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and last year extended its contract through to the end of 2022.

 

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