If Formula 1 were to read like some whacky headline to its fans, then given the revised F1 calendar, it would read something like the following:
Enter Portimao, Imola, Nurburgring; exit US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil!
For there’s honestly no better way to describe a revised F1 calendar that’s gone from being crazily cut-short given the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 into being a robust roster bolstered by new additions.
There’s never been a Grand Prix race at Portimao (Faro, Portugal). But that’s all set to change with a race all-set to mark the first-of-its-kind maiden contest for Portugal. But that’s not the only respite for racing nerds as the famous albeit desperately dangerous Nurburgring marks a return to the roster after seven long years.
In fact, the last that one saw a German Grand Prix being held at the very track that’s mired in danger was in 2013, when amid a gathering of nearly 44,000, local-hero Sebastian Vettel beat pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, to race away to a fine victory for his (then) Red Bull Racing team.
But Nurburgring’s highly-anticipated return to the revised F1 calendar also means that there’s no space for Hockenheimring, which has had a few discussions with the FIA to stay on the roster.
That said, it’s important to note that the German Grand Prix will take place on October 11.
And that’s not all; there’s more to the revised F1 calendar than anyone would’ve guessed. Another racing track that marks its comeback to the grid is Italy’s Imola, the venue that’s one of the more polarising circuits in the fabled history of the sport, it being the very place where the great Ayrton Senna lost his life in 1994.
Not since 2006 has Imola featured on the roster. But, of course, according to a new deal, that’s also slated to change. But with the new additions, which events are on their way out where the dramatic current season stands?
It turns out that there won’t be a race this year at four of the most famous racing venues on the calendar, which includes- the US Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, Mexican Grand Prix, and the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The above is a result of a rise in the number of Coronavirus cases in each of the usual F1 venues. Therefore, the FIA’s decision is, undoubtedly, in the best interest of the teams and drivers!
F1 still intends to hold between 15 and 18 races and end in the Gulf in mid-December.
That being said, the next two races take us to Lewis Hamilton-land, i.e., Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, a track where undoubtedly, the driver with the most race wins against his name is local-hero Hamilton (6), who also happens to be the current defending world champion.
Two back-to-back races at Silverstone will then lead the action to Barcelona, for the Spanish Grand Prix, which according to some media digests, may again be under a cloud given the rising number of cases in Spain.
But for now, there’s no confirmed news about any event’s cancellation other than those at USA, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil.