Formula 1 COVID-19 Status & Return Date

Posted by Derrick Harper on June 2, 2020 in

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the world of sports and that has included Formula 1. However, it was recently announced by the government of Austria that the 2020 Formula One season will begin in early July with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5. The next race on July 12 would also take place in Austria. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming races so you can place your bets against our Formula 1 odds.

Formula 1 COVID-19 Status & Return Date

There will not be fans for the races and a race on the following weekend after the Austrian Grand Prix has also been given the green light. The approval of the resumption of the season came after Formula 1 organizers gave a comprehensive and professional plan in order to spread the coronavirus in terms of the F1 events.

F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is under the belief that the events without the fans are not the ideal situation but believes it is worth it if the season can resume. There will not be fans for the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5, and it remains to be seen when the fans will be able to come back. The first 10 races of the Formula 1 season were postponed or cancelled altogether because of the pandemic.

Hamilton recently stated, “I don’t know how exciting it is going to be for people watching on TV but it is going to be better than nothing,” the 35-year-old said. “For us it is going to be like a test day. But…racing is racing. I really do miss it.”

After the Austrian double-header kickoff to the season the other expected stops for the season include:

  1. Hungary (July 19)
  2. Great Britain (double-header August 2 and August 9)
  3. Spain (August 16)
  4. Belgium (August 30)
  5. Italy (September 6)

The other races in the F1 season that were expected to take place in October and November are expected to be confirmed at a later date. Obviously., the F1 will see how the first few events unfold before the rest of the schedule is set in stone. Not only are there issues concerning the actual races but also the travel restrictions of the countries that host the events.

he 8-race European leg of the F1 may be announced as early as June 1. The FIA recently came out and said that there would be a budget cap if $145 million as well as various other measures in place. One of those measures would be the restrictions in term of 2021 aero development.

The factories for Formula 1 started to reopen their doors at the end of May after the long pandemic shutdown. Zak Brown is the CEO of McLaren F1 and he stated that the recent measures in place would be “crucially important moment for our sport.” McLaren was hit very hard by the recent pandemic issue, as 75 members of the staff were laid off and to recoup costs wanted to sell off some of their historic F! automobiles.

Sports have been coming back slowly and while the F1 season will not look the same as ever at least there is a start date for races.