Canadian Grand Prix cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

Canadian Grand Prix cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

Canadian Grand Prix cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

Germany's famous Nurburgring will host a Grand Prix on October 9-11, with the Portimao circuit in the Algarve making its F1 debut on October 23-25 before a return to Imola for Italy's third race of the season on October 31-November 1.

"Therefore it will not be possible to live up to our offer, which was to hold a grand prix under the special circumstances of the coronavirus crisis". A second round in Austria, the Styrian Grand Prix, was held on July 12.

Holding a race at the venue so late is nonetheless a risk due to the possibility of wintry weather in the rural region - even as early as October. However, in the same announcement F1 also confirmed races in the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil and Canada would not go ahead.

Imola, whose race will be on November 1, last held an F1 race in 2006 while Portugal's most recent grand prix was 24 years ago at Estoril near Lisbon.

It means there are now 13 rounds on the revised 2020 F1 calendar. The German track last staged a grand prix in 2013.

The event is set to be run across only two days in order for Formula 1 to evaluate an altered timetable as it assesses a revised weekend schedule for 2021 grands prix.

The championship has now abandoned efforts to race in America this year owing to the ongoing uncertainty regarding coronavirus, its restrictions, and associated finances and logistics.

COVID-19 infection rates in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil are among the highest in the world, and, when that was combined with the logistical challenge of moving the sport's travelling circus between continents, F1 decided it was impossible to plan for races in those territories. It means the latter will be conducted over a condensed two-day schedule for the first time.

Canada's hopes rested on managing to rearrange its June event in early October, prior to the onset of Quebec's harsh winter, but this has proved unfeasible, and its event has been cancelled.

All events so far have been behind closed doors. It is not clear how the missed races will affect those contracts.

Circuit atmosphere. Brazilian Grand Prix, Thursday 14th November 2019. When reading a message on the website of Formula 1, the maps of the circuits have already been added.

Seven grands prix - Australia, the Netherlands, Monaco, Azerbaijan, France, Singapore and Japan - had already been cancelled.

Formula 1 expects to have 15 to 18 races, with the season-ending in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December.

They say final details of the calendar will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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