Barcelona confirmed as F1 2020 calendar emerges

Image: Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP
Image: Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP

The 2020 calendar is finally taking shape.

Until mere hours ago, it was not even clear if there would be 21 or 22 races next year, as negotiations about a reduction in winter testing or an additional engine allocation for 2020 were taking place.

But a 22-race calendar now seems certain, with Liberty Media announcing that a one-year reprieve for the Spanish GP at Barcelona has been agreed.

F1 CEO Chase Carey said: "The decision is part of our strategy of maintaining Formula 1's European roots, while also currently expanding the championship into new territories." 

However, it is bad news for Hockenheim's German GP. The 'new territories' mentioned by Carey are the Netherlands and Vietnam, which together with Barcelona bring the 2020 schedule up to an unprecedented 22 races.

Until now, uncertainty about the precise dates for next year's races remained.

Robert van Overdijk, the Zandvoort circuit boss, told Dutch media on Tuesday: "I am not going to announce a definitive date right now.

"With the Barcelona news it is now clear that there are at least 22 races on the calendar.  The rest of the puzzle will be completed quickly," he said.

Van Overdijk, though, denied that the Dutch GP might be in August, revealing that it will in fact be "in May".

That was confirmed by a report at Speed Week, which puts Zandvoort down for a May 3 race date.  The German publication is the first to publish a full provisional 2020 calendar.

It was already known that Melbourne will kick off the season on March 15.

"The date confirmation provides the opportunity for interstate and overseas visitors to plan a lengthy stay," said Australian GP boss Andrew Westacott.

The Speed Week calendar then shows that the next race, in Bahrain, will take place the following weekend, followed by Vietnam after a two week break.

Further back-to-back races will take place in May (Zandvoort/Barcelona) and June (Azerbaijan/Montreal), with France and Austria also taking place within a week.

The August break remains in place for 2020, after which a further three back-back sequences will litter the second half of next year's world championship.

The season will end in Abu Dhabi on November 29.

F1 2020 calendar: Provisional calendar by FIA

 • Albert Park: 2020 Australian Grand Prix

 • Bahrain International Circuit: 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix

 • Shanghai International Circuit: 2020 Chinese Grand Prix

 • Baku City Circuit: 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

 • Circuit de Catalunya: 2020 Spanish Grand Prix

 • Monaco: 2020 Monaco Grand Prix

 • Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: 2020 Canadian Grand Prix

 • Paul Ricard: 2020 French Grand Prix

 • Red Bull Ring: 2020 Austrian Grand Prix

 • Silverstone: 2020 British Grand Prix

 • Hungaroring: 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix

 • Spa-Francorchamps: 2020 Belgian Grand Prix

 • Singapore: 2020 Singapore Grand Prix

 • Sochi Autodrom: 2020 Russian Grand Prix

 • Suzuka: 2020 Japanese Grand Prix

 • Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: 2020 Mexican Grand Prix

 • Circuit of the Americas: 2020 United States Grand Prix

 • Interlagos: 2020 Brazilian Grand Prix

 • Yas Marina: 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

 • Hanoi: 2020 Vietnam Grand Prix

 • Zandvoort: 2020 Dutch Grand Prix

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