F1 has announced that a further three races will be added to the 2020 calendar taking the current total up to 13.
The races will see the return of the Nurburgring in Germany before heading the Portugal for the first time since 1996 at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao. The third race will see the return of the legendary Imola circuit and be the third race to take place in Italy.
The races will officially be called ARAMCO GROSSER PREIS DER EIFEL, HEINEKEN PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX and EMIRATES GRAN PREMIO DELL’EMILIA ROMAGNA respectively.
“We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola to the revised calendar,” said F1 CEO Chase Carey.
“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.”
Interestingly, although Imola’s weekend format has yet to be confirmed, it is set to be a two day event with only one practice session on the Saturday morning. This could cause a big shake up of the grid as previous races with reduced or compromised practice have culminated in exciting races, as the teams have a lot less data to plan strategies. Added to the fact there will be no data from previous races and Imola looks set to be one of the most exciting races of the season.