F1’s 70th anniversary season was originally due to begin at the Australian Grand Prix in March, but the race had to be cancelled prior to first practice after a member of the McLaren team tested positive for COVID-19.
Since then the entire calendar has been reshuffled, while a number of high-profile events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and the returning Dutch GP at Zandvoort being called off entirely.
As per the latest calendar, the championship will kick off with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in consecutive weeks, followed by six more rounds in Europe – including another double-header at Silverstone in the UK. More races, including those outside Europe, will be announced in due course.
This weekend’s Austrian GP will be the first championship race to take place since the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, marking the end of a seventh-month long break.
The race will take place behind closed doors, with no fans allowed access at the track. There is also a restriction on the number of members each team can bring to a grand prix, and those present at the track must follow social distancing and other guidelines issued by the FIA.
Several procedural changes have also been made, with the traditional podium ceremony and the drivers' parade being dropped altogether.
However, there are no changes to the long-running weekend schedule. As usual, two 90-minute practice sessions will be held on Friday, followed by another 60 minutes of running on Saturday morning. A three part-qualifying session will take place later on Saturday, followed by the race itself – run to the same length of roughly 305km – on Sunday afternoon.
F1 had considered running reverse grid qualifying races to determine the starting order for the main event, but the proposal was shot down by Mercedes because it didn’t want the sport to introduce “gimmicks” to spice up the racing.
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2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in Europe
Free Practice 2: 3pm – 4:30pm CEST
Race: 3:10pm CEST
2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in the UK
Free Practice 2: 2pm – 3:30pm BST
Qualifying: 2pm – 3pm BST
Race: 2:10pm BST
2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in the US
/ 2am PT – 3:30am PT Free Practice 2: 9am – 10:30am ET / 6am PT – 7:30am PT
/ 3am PT – 4am PT Qualifying: 9am – 10am ET / 6am PT – 7am PT
Race: 9:10am ET / 6:10am PT
2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in Australia
Free Practice 1: 7pm – 8:30am AEST Free Practice 2: 11pm – 12:30am AEST
Qualifying: 11pm – 12am AEST
Race: 11:10pm AEST
2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix session timings in India
Free Practice 2: 6:30pm – 8:00pm IST
Qualifying: 6:30pm – 7:30pm IST
Race: 6:40pm IST
2020 Formula 1 calendar (first eight rounds only)
|July 5||Red Bull Ring, Austria|
|July 12||Red Bull Ring, Austria|
|July 19||Hungaroring, Hungary|
|August 2||Silverstone, Britain|
|August 9||Silverstone, Britain|
|August 16||Barcelona, Spain|
|August 30||Spa, Belgium|
|September 6||Monza, Italy|