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Formula 1 plan to start 2020 season in Austria

  • French GP at Circuit Paul Ricard called off
  • F1 season could start with two races in Austria on 5 July and 12 July
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F1 season could start with the Austrian Grand Prix at Red Bull Ring (Getty Images)

Formula 1 chief Chase Carey has said he plans to start the 2020 F1 season in Austria in July. The season could start with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on 5 July and 12 July.

France became the latest country to postpone its race because of the coronavirus pandemic. French Grand Prix organisers have confirmed that the French Grand Prix at Circuit Paul Ricard is unlikely to go ahead and "were turning towards the summer of 2021".

The race  was scheduled to be held on 28 June but can’t go ahead due to French President Emmanuel Macron confirming a ban on major events until mid-July.

Despite the setback, Carey said he was "increasingly confident with the progress of plans to begin the season this summer". He revealed that the first race of the 2020 season was expected to take place in Austria on 3-5 July.

Carey added: "September, October and November, would see us race in Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December, with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi, having completed between 15 and 18 races. We will publish our finalised calendar as soon as we possibly can.

"We expect the early races to be without fans but hope fans will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.

"We still have to work out many issues, like the procedures for the teams and our other partners to enter and operate in each country.

"The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority one and we will only go forward if we are confident we have reliable procedures to address both risks and possible issues."

Silverstone have said the British Grand Prix cannot go ahead with spectators but have opened a dialogue with the UK government "on the viability of an event behind closed doors".

The British Grand Prix could see two races take place on 19 July and a week later on 26 July. The season would start with two races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on 5 July and 12 July.

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