The Bahrain Grand Prix, traditionally the second event of the F1 season, was scheduled to take place on March 22, but was rescheduled to December in light of Covid-19 containment measures and increased concerns over health and safety as the virus spread across the world.
The rearranged Formula 1 racing calendar for 2020 will climax in the Gulf region with events in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi, according to CEO Chase Carey.
On Monday it was announced that the French Grand Prix would become the tenth leg of the 2020 championship to either be scrapped (Australia, Monaco and France) or postponed (Bahrain, China, Vietnam, Netherlands, Spain, Azerbaijan and Canada).
Carey said in a statement that plans were to get racing underway in Austria on July 3-5 and carry on through to the season finale in Bahrain and the UAE in December.
“September, October and November, would see us race in Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi, having completed between 15-18 races,” he said.
Early races will take place without fans and UK circuit Silverstone confirmed on its Twitter account that the British Grand Prix, scheduled to take place on July 19, would only go ahead behind closed doors.
Carey hoped that spectators would be allowed back “as we move further into the schedule.