The Formula 1 World Championship officially begins today with the first tests. With more than three months behind the original program and with a new schedule, the teams will warm up the engines for the Austrian GP, which will be the first of the eight stages of the 2020 calendar for Formula 1.
At the moment there are no races outside Europe. To date, uncertainty still reigns over what will happen after the Italian GP in early September: races like Mexico City, Austin and Interlagos are still in limbo, while the GPs in Singapore, Azerbaijan and Japan have been canceled.
The organizers are working to enrich the calendar, with the hope of being able to organize at least fifteen GPs before the final event scheduled in Abu Dhabi in mid-December. All the GPs will race without crowds but, as Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said, the hope is to be able to bring the fans back to the stands in the coming months, as soon as the safety conditions allow.
The schedule of the F1 season
Start on July 5th in Austria at the Red Bull Ring. Qualifying will take place on Saturday 4th July while the race, divided into 71 laps, will be on Sunday 5th July. on July 12th there will be the GP of Styria, when it will be raced at Zeltweg in the Red Bull home.
Then we will move to Hungary, at Hungaroring, on July 19th. The Gran Gretagnia GP will take place a week later in Silverstone, and, always Silverstone, on August 9, there will be the 70th Anniversary GP to celebrate the 70 years of FIA history.
The Spanish GP will take place on 16 August AUGUST 16, while the Belgian GP will take place on 30 August. On September 6 the last official appointment (at least for now): the Italian GP, in Monza. Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton and Mrcedes presented the car that will race in the prosism season: "Racism and discrimination have no place in our society and our team.
We are proud of our culture and our values, that we reward each individual contribution, and the members of our team tell a story of inclusion. But we realized that only 3% of our employees belong to ethnic minorities and only 12% of them are women.
This lack of diversity tells us that we must seek new approaches to attract talent from areas of society that we are unable to achieve today."