Rising concern about COVID-19 quickly spreading throughout the whole American continent forced Formula 1 to look around to find replacement races for the US, Brazilian and Mexican GPs.
Those three countries still haven’t managed to properly handle the epidemic and therefore are very unlikely to host a F1 race this year.
Instead, three new circuits have been added to the official 2020 calendar, all of which are classic European tracks.
The chance of Germany coming back in the calendar had been rumored for a while, but the first suggestions wanted Hockenheim to host the event. Formula 1 announced the Nurburgring as the home of the Grosser Preis Der Eifel instead, seven years after the last time an F1 car has raced there in 2013. The event is set to take place on the weekend between the 9th and 11th of October.
Two weeks later, on the 25th of October, the fast sweeping circuit of Portimao will welcome the Circus for the first time ever, beside a test session run back in 2012. The Portuguese GP will make its come back for the first time since 1996, when Jacques Villeneuve won at Estoril.
Last but not least, on the 31st of October and 1st of November a third Italian GP is set to take place, even under the name of Gran Premio dell'Emilia-Romagna. Therefore, Formula 1 cars will hit the tarmac of Imola for the first time since 2006.
What could have been a terrible season, ruined by the Coronavirus outbreak, has so far turned into another exciting triple header thanks to the great efforts made by the FIA and Liberty Media that somehow managed to make the show carry on.
An enthusiastic Chase Carey commented: “We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola to the revised calendar. We want to thank the promoters, the teams, and the FIA for their full support in our efforts to bring our fans exciting racing this season during an unprecedented time. We also want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world".
BREAKING: We're racing at Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola!— Formula 1 (@F1) July 24, 2020
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