It may have seemed unthinkable a few months ago, but the 2020 Formula One season finally arrived in July. There will be no fans, there is a mass testing programme, team members will be restricted and other social distancing measures will be applied to stop the potential spread of coronavirus. But the on-track action should look very much the same.
How many races are confirmed?
The originally planned 22-race calendar has taken a huge hit because of the Covid-19 pandemic and it will be now impossible to complete that many races this season. But organisers have now confirmed a provisional 17-race calendar for 2020.
It features a few new tracks (Portugal, Mugello), some returning classics (Imola, Nurburgring, Istanbul Park) as well as a new “almost oval” configuration of the Bahrain International Circuit which could see the quickest ever lap time in F1, possibly around 54 seconds.
What races are confirmed and when are they?
July 5: Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring (Winner: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes)
July 12: Styrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
July 19: Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
August 2: British Grand Prix, Silverstone (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
August 9: 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Silverstone (Winner: Max Verstappen, Red Bull)
August 16: Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
August 30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
September 6: Italian Grand Prix, Monza (Winner: Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri)
September 13: Tuscan Ferrari 1000 Grand Prix, Mugello (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
September 27: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi (Winner: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes)
October 11: Eifel Grand Prix, Nurburgring (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
October 25: Portuguese Grand Prix, Portimao (Winner: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes)
November 1: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Imola
November 15: Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul Park
November 29: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir
December 6: Sakhir Grand Prix, Bahrain
December 13: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina
Which races have been cancelled for 2020?
So far: Australia, Monaco, Singapore, Japan, Azerbaijan, Netherlands.
How can I watch F1?
If you live in the UK then you will need a Sky Sports subscription. Their dedicated F1 channel has all the live action for the 2020 season. Channel 4 also have extended highlights for every round, as well as live coverage of the 2020 British Grand Prix.
If you’re outside of the UK then you may be able to buy a subscription to Formula One’s own F1TV.