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FIA's schedule a good example of the omnishambles that is F1 2020

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02/04/2020

As F1 heads further and further into uncharted, troubled waters, it’s bad enough that the sport appears to have a cabin boy rather than a fully-fledged veteran at the helm.

However, what of the sport's governing body, the FIA.

As fans become ever more reliant on the virtual world for their racing fix, a quick glance at the FIA's 2020 F1 schedule is a pretty good example of how lost at sea the sport has become.

According to the schedule the season kicks off in Canada on 14 June before heading back to Europe. However, even though the race has been postponed, it is Azerbaijan that is shown first.

Scheduled for 25 October, though the United States Grand Prix has a slot it does not yet have a location, as the FIA reveals that the host circuit is "to be announced".

Mexico has a date (1 November) though this is "subject to the homologation of the circuit", while Brazil is also TBA as it is "subject to the ASN's confirmation"

The Australian GP is shown as being TBA even though F1's has officially declared the race cancelled, likewise the Monaco GP which is also shown as being TBA.

Both the Hanoi and Zandvoort tracks have yet to be homologated it would appear, while the Spanish Grand Prix will take place - whenever that might be - on the "Catalunya Short Circuit".

The schedule helpfully ends with a footnote saying that the Chinese GP, scheduled for 19 April, has been postponed.

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1. Posted by Editor, 03/04/2020 8:04

"@ Bill Hopgood

Brings back memories of those heady days when the F1 stars of the day would pop down under for the Tasman Series...

Now we have virtual racing."

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2. Posted by Steve W, 03/04/2020 2:07

"Bernie is right. Just forget the entire 2020 season."

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3. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 02/04/2020 18:04

"In short, we have some circuits that we could race on once we have them deemed ready after we send someone there to do that while most borders are closed and we also have some races that we want to move but we don't have circuits for those confirmed and also, the races that we want to do in May we may do then despite needed to get people there to get it all set up and marshalled from other countries and that will mean quarantine.

F1 could just have everyone come to NZ and race. We don't have mandatory quarantine or testing for new arrivals unless someone shows symptoms so... We are in lockdown though so we don't go round spreading this virus. No one could actually attend the race but then again, soon, no one will be able to afford anything other than flour or bog roll at this rate."

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4. Posted by Paul C, 02/04/2020 14:53

"Formula One should make the 2020 season a mostly European one or even American. FIA could give some WEC used circuits a provisional certification. Televise the races world wide to maintain interest."

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