London, July 24
Formula One scrapped all 4 of this season’s races within the Americas because of the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday and added three European rounds, together with outdated favourites Imola and the Nuerburgring, to the calendar.
While beforehand scheduled grands prix in Canada, Texas, Mexico and Brazil had been cancelled, Formula One mentioned in an announcement that Portugal’s Portimao will host a race for the primary time.
“Due to the fluid nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe, it will not be possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this season,” it mentioned.
The cancellations take the tally of races axed from the unique 2020 calendar to 11. The different casualties of COVID are Australia, France, Monaco, the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan.
The revised schedule now has 13 rounds, with Formula One aiming for a diminished championship of between 15 and 18 with ultimate races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in mid-December.
Fifteen grands prix is the minimal wanted to fulfil tv contracts.
China’s postponed race in Shanghai can also be anticipated to be cancelled however Vietnam stays in play and there was discuss of returning to Malaysia’s Sepang.
Formula One, whose industrial rights are held by US-based Liberty Media, mentioned it regarded ahead to returning to the Americas subsequent season.
The United States on Thursday handed a complete of greater than four million coronavirus infections because the first US case was documented in January, in response to a Reuters tally.
Texas, which was resulting from host the US Grand Prix at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas on October 25, has been one of many states hardest hit by the resurgent coronavirus.
Brazil, with whole confirmed circumstances of almost 2.three million, has the world’s worst outbreak of COVID-19 outdoors the United States whereas Mexico ranks fourth on the earth for fatalities.
Formula One mentioned the Nuerburgring would host the Eifel Grand Prix, named after the German area, on October 11 – giving champions Mercedes a house race.
The Portuguese Grand Prix will probably be held on October 25 on the Algarve circuit, the nation’s first race since 1996, and Imola hosts the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on November 1 – giving Italy three races for the primary time.
The others are at Monza and Mugello, the latter owned by Ferrari and resulting from host the Italian staff’s 1,000th world championship grand prix in September.
The solely different event one nation has hosted three races in the identical season was 1982, when the United States had grands prix at Long Beach, Detroit and Las Vegas.
Imola beforehand hosted the Italian Grand Prix in 1980 and San Marino Grand Prix from 1981 to 2006. Brazil’s triple world champion Ayrton Senna died there in 1994 whereas driving for Williams.
The outdated Nuerburgring was a well-known pre-World War Two venue for grand prix racing and the remodelled circuit final featured within the Formula One world championship in 2013. The circuit sank into insolvency in 2012 after which modified possession in 2014.
In its lengthy historical past, the agricultural circuit has hosted races variously designated because the German, European and Luxembourg Grands Prix. Reuters