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Final 2020 F1 calendar to include Istanbul, double Bahrain · RaceFans

Formula 1 is expected to confirm a 17-race calendar for the 2020 season, including a return to Turkey’s Istanbul Park for the first time in nine years.

The purpose-built circuit previously held the Turkish Grand Prix between 2005 and 2011. Its return to the calendar has come about as F1 has been forced to abandon planned races in the Americas and Asia this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

RaceFans understands from sources the Turkish Grand Prix will take place on November 15th, two weeks after the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola. The event has also been announced by local media. F1 can expect cooler conditions in Istanbul compared to its last visit in May, as the region sees average temperatures of 9-15C in November.

An event in Turkey will offer more straightforward freight routes for F1 than other potential venues which were under consideration, such as the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Following Imola and Istanbul, the championship will conclude with a triple-header of races including two events in Bahrain and one at Yas Marina.

Bahrain’s two races could be held on different configurations of the desert track. While the familiar 5.4-kilometre grand prix circuit will hold the first race, F1 is believed to be seriously considering running the second on the simpler, 3.5-kilometre ‘Outer Circuit’.

Abu Dhabi will hold its season finale two weeks later than originally planned, allowing F1 to salvage 17 races from a schedule which was originally supposed to include a record-breaking 22.

This arrangement of races would confirm Vietnam’s inaugural grand prix at Hanoi, which was postponed from its original April date earlier this year, will not take place in 2020.

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Expected final 2020 F1 calendar

Round Country Track Date
1 Austria Red Bull Ring 05/07/2020
2 Austria Red Bull Ring 12/07/2020
3 Hungary Hungaroring 19/07/2020
4 Great Britain Silverstone 02/08/2020
5 Great Britain Silverstone 09/08/2020
6 Spain Circuit de Catalunya 16/08/2020
7 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps 30/08/2020
8 Italy Monza 06/09/2020
9 Italy Mugello 13/09/2020
10 Russia Sochi Autodrom 27/09/2020
11 Germany Nurburgring 11/10/2020
12 Portugal Algarve 25/10/2020
13 Italy Imola 01/11/2020
14 Turkey Istanbul Park 15/11/2020
15 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit – Grand Prix 29/11/2020
16 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit – Outer 6/12/2020
17 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina 13/12/2020

Bahrian circuit configurations

Bahrain International Circuit, 2019
Bahrain International Circuit – Grand Prix
Bahrain Outer Circuit
Bahrain International Circuit – Outer

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