Just a day after the SpaceX “Endeavour” craft docked at the International Space Station, Formula 1 announced that their season was going for an engine start. The calendar released shows, as expected, the first two races will be held at the Red Bull Ring, Austria. Eight races so far scheduled will be crammed into a two month season, shorter than expected in that context, but also placing immense pressure on drivers and teams should a crash happen. The first two weekends of July, the 3rd to the 5th and 10th to the 12th, will be under the names of Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich and Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark.

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The third event will be the Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij at The Hungaroring, Hungary, over the weekend of July 17 to 19. Then it’s across the Channel, with Silverstone surprising by also hosting two rounds. July 31 to August 2 has the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix followed by the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. This will be the following weekend, July 7th to 9th.

It’s then back to the mainland for the final three rounds. First up is the Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de Espana at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over the weekend of August 14 to 16. It’s then north-east to Belgium, for the Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit, covering off the weekend of August 28 to 30. The final scheduled round so far round is in Italy, with the Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia concluding the short but intense season at the fabulous Monza track. The dates are September’s first weekend, over the 4th to the 6th.

Formula 1’s Chase Carey, the chairman of the organization, said: “We are pleased to be able to set out our opening eight-race calendar today and look forward to publishing our full calendar in the coming weeks. While we currently expect the season to commence without fans at our races, we hope that over the coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them back once it is safe to do.”

Eight races so far scheduled will be crammed into a two month season, shorter than expected in that context, but also placing immense pressure on drivers and teams should a crash happen. The first two weekends of July, the 3rd to the 5th and 10th to the 12th, will be under the names of Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich and Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark.

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The third event will be the Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij at The Hungaroring, Hungary, over the weekend of July 17 to 19. Then it’s across the Channel, with Silverstone surprising by also hosting two rounds. July 31 to August 2 has the Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix followed by the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. This will be the following weekend, July 7th to 9th.

Four races, Australia, The Netherlands, Monaco, and France have been canceled for 2020 and won’t be rescheduled. Other races in China, Azerbaijan, Canada and Vietnam’s first F1 round are awaiting rescheduling. Right now, there are six other rounds that are yet to have a decision made as to whether they’ll go ahead. Of the six, it would seem likely that Russia would be a late inclusion, with the others, in Singapore, Japan, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, remaining under a cloud.