The 2020 Formula One Championship is steadily gaining momentum. After announcing the dates for the races in Germany, Italy, and Portugal, the organisers have added more races, bringing the total to 17.
The updated F1 Championship Schedule for 2020 is put down below:
Race | Circuit | Date
Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich | The Red Bull Ring, Austria | 3rd July – 5th July
Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark | The Red Bull Ring, Austria | 10th July -12th July
Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij | The Hungaroring, Hungary | 17th July -19th July
Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix | Silverstone, UK | 31st August -2nd August
Formula 1 Emirates 70th Anniversary Grand Prix | Silverstone, UK | 7th August -9th August
Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de Espana | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain | 14th August -16th August
Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix | Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium | 28th August -30th August
Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia | Monza, Italy | 4th September -6th September
Formula 1 Gran Premio Della Toscana Ferrari 1000 | Mugello, Italy | 11th September -13th September
Formula 1 VTB Russian Grand Prix | Sochi Autodrom, Russia | 25th September-27th September
Formula 1 Aramco Grosser Preis Der Eifel | Nurburgring | 9th October-11th October
Formula 1 Heineken Portuguese Grand Prix | Portimao | 23rd October-25th October
Formula 1 Emirates Gran Premio Dell’Emilia Romagna | Imola | 31st October- 1st November
Formula 1 DHL Turkish Grand Prix | Istanbul Park | 13th November-15th November
Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix | Sakhir | 27th November -29th November
Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix | Sakhir | 4th December -6th November
Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix | Yas Marina | 11th November -13th November
The Turkish GP, which is the newest addition to this list, is the first flyaway race in the calendar. The championship will be held at the Istanbul Park circuit for the first time since 2011 on 13th, 14th, and 15th November 2020. The championship will then move to Bahrain for a doubleheader to be held on November 29th and December 6th.
Ending 2020 on a grand note
All the races up till now have been held as closed events. However, there is good news for fans who have been waiting to watch the races live. The organisers of the 2020 Russian GP plan to open up the race to spectators. Organisers of the championship have said that some circuits will open their gates for fans, depending on the pandemic situation in the country.
The season is set to conclude with the Abu Dhabi GP at the Yas Marina Circuit on 13th December. Organisers have also established that the Chinese GP has been officially dropped from the F1 2020 race calendar.
Abu Dhabi’s ‘Safe Zone’
The Abu Dhabi government has created a ‘Safe Zone’ concept to prepare for the return of events and tourism to the emirate. The new initiative, being spearheaded by The Department of Culture and Tourism–Abu Dhabi, recently delivered a successful fighting championship tournament. The event saw the creation of a world-class ‘safe zone’ for about a 2,500-strong crowd over five weeks on Yas Island and hosted one of the most-watched fight nights of all time. The fighting championship was held on an 11-km stretch of the island, with the ‘safe zone’ locked off and secluded from the rest of the emirate. It housed UFC personnel from over 35 nations, the event staff, and Yas Island employees for the five-week period.
In accordance with the principles dictated by the DCT Abu Dhabi’s ‘Go Safe’ certification programme, the health and safety procedures undertaken by event staff were extensive. They included COVID-19 testing every 72 hours and 14-day isolation periods for all staff members. These measures helped achieve a COVID-free sanctuary. It also had the added benefits of world-class hospitality at luxury hotels and entertainment facilities, all within the “protected bubble”.
Entertainment and more
The ‘safe zone’ included Yas Marina Circuit, home to the famed Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Beach, Yas Links Golf Course, and the Flash Forum, a multi-purpose indoor venue for the fights. DCT Abu Dhabi now plans to implement this concept for upcoming events in the coming months, starting with the F1 races at the scheduled annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020.
The Du Arena, the open-air venue famous for staging music concerts, and the Etihad Arena, all set to be the region’s largest multi-purpose indoor arena, are also included in the ‘safe zone’. The Zayed Sports City in central Abu Dhabi, also houses a tennis arena, a football stadium, and many hotels, along with a cricket stadium in the vicinity. DCT Abu Dhabi has stated that these venues can be used in the future to create similar ‘safe zones’, enabling the destination to build on the event-hosting roadmap it has created for itself.
With less than 100 days remaining for the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it remains to be seen what other novel concepts and measures will become a part of the thrilling event.
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