Formula 1 confirms Nürburgring, Portimao and Imola 2020 races

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Formula 1 officially added on Friday three races to its 2020 season, with rounds now scheduled at the Nürburgring, Portimao in Portugal and at Imola in Italy.

F1 will return to the Nürburgring that it last visited in 2013 on October 11, but teams will race for the very first time at Portimao on October 25.

A week later, Imola - where F1 last raced in 2006 - will host the 13th round of the 2020 world championship but the event's format will be limited to a two-day weekend, with a timetable that is expected to include just one practice session ahead of qualifying and the race.

Along with Monza and Mugello, Imola's presence on the calendar means that Italy will become the first country to host three Grands Prix since the United States in 1982, when F1 raced at Long Beach, Detroit and Las Vegas.

But the trio of home races for Ferrari will also pile the pressure on the Scuderia.

"We can confirm that Portimão, Imola and Nürburgring will each host Grands Prix this October," Formula 1 said ina statement on Friday.

"We are excited to welcome Portimão as a completely new circuit to the Formula 1 season as well as welcoming back Imola and Nürburgring, circuits that have hosted World Championship races in the past.

"After ongoing discussions and close collaboration with our partners we can also confirm that due to the fluid nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe, it will not be possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this season."

Algarve MotorPark - Portimão

Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said:

"We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola to the revised calendar.

"We want to thank the promoters, the teams, and the FIA for their full support in our efforts to bring our fans exciting racing this season during an unprecedented time.

"We also want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world."

The three events boost the number of rounds scheduled for 2020 to 13, but F1 is working hard to try and add two Asian rounds - Vietnam and perhaps Malaysia - in November while a double-header in Bahrain and a final round in Abu Dhabi in December are almost sure to bookend the year.

Formula 1 2020 season calendar

1Rolex Grosser Preis von OsterreichRed Bull Ring, Austria5 July
2Pirelli Grosser Preis der SteiermarkRed Bull Ring, Austria12 July
3Aramco Magyar NagydijHungaroring, Hungary19 July
4Pirelli British Grand PrixSilverstone, United Kingdom2 August
5Emirates 70th Anniversary Grand PrixSilverstone, United Kingdom9 August
6Aramco Gran Premio de EspanaCircuit de Catalunya, Spain16 August
7F1 Rolex Belgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps, Belgium30 August
8Gran Premio Heineken d'ItaliaMonza, Italy6 September
9Gran Premio Della Toscana Ferrari 1000Mugello, Italy13 September
10VTB Russian Grand PrixSochi, Russia27 September
11F1 Aramco Grosser Preis der EifelNürburgring, Germany11 October
12F1 Heineken Portuguese Grand PrixPortimao, Portugal25 October
13F1 Emirates Gran Premio dell’Emilia RomagnaImola, Italy1 November

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