The GP of Azerbaijan is delayed but F1 Carey boss still expects to have 15-18 races in 2020.
F1 Executive Director Chase Carey is still expected to have a schedule of 15-18 games in 2020 despite the addition of another Grand Prix which has been postponed due to the global spread of COVID-19 virus.
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been delayed – previously scheduled for June 5 – June 7 – meaning eight races have now been postponed and canceled.
The Australia and Monaco Grand Prix races were canceled, while Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Azerbaijan were also delayed.
Although it is undeniable that “there is a high possibility that there will be more games to be postponed,” Carey still expects a new schedule that fans will be looking forward to in 2020.
He said that although no one could be sure when the situation would improve then, they believed things wouldl soon get better and then they wouldl be ready to race again. They were committed to giving their fans an exciting 2020 Championship season.
“We realize there is a good chance that there will be more delays in the current race schedule, but we and our partners still expect the season to start again someday this summer, with the schedule of a new process from 15-18 races.
“As announced earlier, we will take advantage of the summer vacation that is postponed to March and April to race during the regular summer vacation, and anticipate the end of the season will be longer than the end of the season. The beginning is November 27-29, with the sequence and racing schedule significantly different from our previous 2020 race schedule.”
Carey said F1 could not provide specific information about the new race schedule at this time, due to the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he said F1 is still working with local stakeholders and organizers to capture the situation at each potential race track.