Every sport has been affected, one way or another, by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the good news is that we are slowly but surely beginning to see leagues and organizations return to business. The reality, though, is that sports will not look the same for quite a while yet, as we are looking at matches and events being held in stadiums and arenas devoid of fans. Expect TV ratings to soar, though, as we have all been more than a little starved of our sports fix. With sports making a return, we thought it might be a good idea to keep you all up to date on when you can expect to see specific events pop up on your calendar. Today, we are going to turn our attention to motorsports, beginning with all that is happening on F1 so you can start planning ahead your bets against our Formula 1 odds.
Formula 1 COVID-19 Status & Return Date
Formula 1 Pandemic Timeline
The pandemic craziness all began in March, which is when the Formula 1 season usually gets rolling. It was no real surprise to learn that the season was postponed, as that was the path that every major sporting organization was following at that time. Even at the announcement of the postponement, it was made clear that steps would be taken to ensure that we got some meaningful races this year.
As of now, Formula 1 has cancelled the first 10 races of the season, but they are working hard to find a way to get in as many races as they can to make this a meaningful season. The problem that they have, which is not an issue for domestic sports, is that they are on a global schedule, which means that they need to ensure that they are travelling to places where the virus has been brought under control as much as possible. While getting races in is important, it does not supersede the safety of all involved.
Formula 1 Timeline for the Remainder of the Season
The good news for race fans is that Formula 1 is set to return on July 5 in Austria at the Red Bull Ring. All told, there have been 8 races added to the calendar, all of which will be held in Europe. 6 different locations will be used for those 8 races, with Austria, and Silverstone in the UK pulling double duty in the coming weeks. Bahrain and Abu Dhabi have already been confirmed as the final two races of the season, but those dates have yet to be formally announced, as F1 are still shoring up dates in Asia and the America in hopes of putting together a schedule of 15-18 races.
When travelling, each team will be restricted to 80 personnel, and all teams will be kept as far apart as possible until the actual day of the race. The early part of the schedule looks like this:
- July 3-5: Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Austria
- July 10-12: Steiermark Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring, Austria
- July 17-19: Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Hungary
- July 31-August 2: British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Great Britain
- August 7-9: Formula One 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, Silverstone, Great Britain
- August 14-16: Spanish Grand Prix, Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
- August 28-30: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- September 4-6: Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy