Formula 1 took a minor surprise by replacing the 2020 race calendar that collapsed in the spring due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic with a new schedule of 17 races during the summer and early fall, of which 11 rounds have already been successfully completed.
Chase Carey, the CEO of Formula One, who will leave at the end of the year, says the 2021 calendar, which is planned with a traditional approach, will also be completed soon.
“By now, we’re pretty much done with the 2021 calendar, we just have to sort out a few things,” he said in the sport’s official podcast, Beyond the Grid.
“By 2021, we’re back with a normal calendar, the one we planned for January this year as well. Of course, we don’t know what will happen to the coronavirus, how to handle it. But we are counting on races and spectators, we are thinking of a schedule, if it cannot be called normal, but it is much closer to normal. ”
This year, venues such as Mugello, the Nürburgring, Imola, Portimao and Istanbul Park were entered and returned as an emergency solution, but Carey made it clear that they would not be counting on these tracks next year.
“We are a global sport, but the fact is that we did not compete globally this year, we were mainly in Europe. Next year, we want to compete again in the Americas, Asia, all over the world. As a global sport, this is very important to us, and as a classic track, Silverstone, Monza, Monaco, Spa will continue to be on the calendar. Traditional European locations are clearly important for F1, but I believe we will have a much more balanced, global calendar next year. ”