(Motorsport-Total.com) – Formula 1 is about to publish the final calendar of the 2020 season. Four more races are to follow after the last fixed Grand Prix in Imola, three of which have been in the Middle East for some time are considered safe. In addition, Turkey should celebrate a return to the Grand Prix calendar.
Istanbul was already part of Formula 1 from 2005 to 2011, but has not played a role in international events in recent years. A return is therefore considered a surprise, but the signs increasingly point to it. The race is currently planned for November 15th – two weeks after the race in Imola (November 1st).
After another hiatus, two races would be held in Bahrain (November 29th and December 6th), one of which is still scheduled on the outer course in Sachir. The final is set to take place in Abu Dhabi on December 13th. However, these dates have yet to be officially confirmed.
Jerez and Asia outside
In the end, Formula 1 would have 17 races and would fall into the range of the targeted 15 to 18 races. Above all, one would then have exceeded the mark of 15 races, which guarantees full TV monies.
A trip to Eastern Asia is no longer on the agenda. Vietnam, China and Malaysia were all candidates for a detour with at least two races, but due to the current corona situation, this was refrained from. In Europe, Jerez was still considered a possible candidate, but that too is no longer an option.
Thus only Turkey is considered a new candidate. With Kimi Räikkönen (2005), Lewis Hamilton (2010) and Sebastian Vettel (2011), three current Grand Prix drivers have already won in Istanbul. The German even made his Formula 1 debut on the track in 2006 – as a test driver for BMW-Williams.
Turn 8 no longer a challenge?
A return of Turkey will be welcomed by the drivers: “That would be awesome,” says Romain Grosjean, who won the 2011 season opener of the GP2 series on the track. “That would be really cool. It’s such a cool track.” Esteban Ocon would also agree: “That looks really cool. It would be great if she got on the calendar.”
Istanbul is best known for the fast Turn 8, which with its four vertices was a huge challenge for the drivers. In 2020, however, the curve could lose its horror, Alexander Albon fears: “It will playfully go full throttle in these cars,” says the Red Bull driver.
Nevertheless, he would also welcome a comeback: “Liberty and Formula 1 are doing an excellent job of choosing such routes. I don’t know whether it is intentional or whether they simply take routes that are free,” he says. “But Mugello, Imola, Turkey: we’re going to some of the best tracks in the world. I’m for it!”
The presumed remaining Formula 1 calendar 2020 by weeks
7. Belgium, Spa-Francorchamps – August 30th
8. Italy, Monza – September 6th
9. Tuscany, Mugello – September 13th
10. Russia, Sochi – September 27
11. Eifel, Nürburgring – October 11th
12. Portugal, Portimao – October 25th
13. Emilia-Romagna, Imola – November 1st
14. Turkey, Istanbul – November 15
15th Bahrain, Sachir – November 29th
16th Bahrain, Sachir – December 6th
17. Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina – December 13th