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Official: Istanbul returns to F1 schedule

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25/08/2020

Formula One Management has today announced four additional races to the 2020 schedule, bringing the total number of events to 17.

Turkey, Bahrain (which is hosting two races), and Abu Dhabi will form part of the revised season, though the sport will not be racing in China.

FOM thanked Juss Sports for its support and engagement in recent months and said it hugely looks forward to returning to Shanghai next year.

"We can confirm that a number of races in the revised 2020 season will be open to a limited number of fans, including hospitality," said the official statement, "and we are working with each promoter to finalise the details.

"While we want to see as many fans as possible return as soon as it is safe to do so, our priority remains the safety of the Formula 1 community and the communities we visit, and we review fan access on this basis.

"Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to maintain close dialogue with all promoters and local authorities to ensure we operate in the safest way possible and monitor each national situation closely - including travel restrictions and local health procedures."

Though popular with fans and drivers alike, the Istanbul Park Circuit hosted 7 Grands Prix between 2005 and 2011.

Designed by Hermann Tilke, the track is widely regarded as one of his better efforts, Turn 8 - nicknamed Diabolica in reference to the legendary Parabolica at Monza - proving particularly popular with drivers.

A number of others corners at the track were modelled on infamous corners found elsewhere, including the Nurburgring, Spa and Laguna Seca.

The Turkish Grand Prix will take place on the weekend of 13 - 15 November, the weekend originally planned for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Bahrain Grand Prix 17 - 19 November, the weekend originally scheduled to host the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

The Sakhir Grand Prix 4 - 6 December

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 11 - 13 December

Date Race Circuit
05-Jul Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich Spielberg
12-Jul Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark Spielberg
19-Jul Aramco Magyar Nagydij Budapest
02-Aug Pirelli British Grand Prix Silverstone
09-Aug Emirates 70th Anniversary Grand Prix Silverstone
16-Aug Aramco Gran Premio de Espana Barcelona
30-Aug Rolex Belgian Grand Prix Spa Francorchamps
06-Sep Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia Monza
13-Sep Gran Premio della Toscana Ferrari 1000 Mugello
27-Sep VTB Russian Grand Prix Sochi
11-Oct Aramco Grosser Preis der Eifel Nurburgring
25-Oct Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix Portimao
01-Nov Emirates Gran Premio dell' Emilia Romagna Imola
15-Nov DHL Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul
29-Nov Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Sakhir
06-Dec Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix Sakhir
13-Dec Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina

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1. Posted by Burton, 26/08/2020 3:31

"I'd prefer an alternative layout in Abu Dhabi instead of in Bahrain, or is it not doable?"

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2. Posted by C5, 25/08/2020 20:54

"Too bad. I had hoped F1 would have been forced to have fewer races in despotic dictatorships. Or at least not have almost half the races in one."

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3. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 25/08/2020 20:23

"I agree that it is great to see some different venues.
I wonder if this could also be F1 firing a shot over the bows of some existing tracks that were trying to renegotiate their contracts for a lower fee.
Still, some nice tracks coming up which will be entertaining (hopefully).
Shame that finishing in Melbourne isn't a goer though."

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4. Posted by @R1Racing71, 25/08/2020 19:06

"This calendar is getting better each week.
All we need now is Brands Hatch and Donington and we are well away! "

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5. Posted by SuzukaS2K, 25/08/2020 17:38

"Is it just me, or is anyone else hopeful that the F1 calendar looks more like this next year? So nice to have Imola and Istanbul back on the calendar instead of the extreme flyaway races."

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6. Posted by Batman, 25/08/2020 15:07

"Great, great news."

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