F1 keen to get back on grid in summer

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 25 Mar 2020

Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey said yesterday he fully expects the 2020 season to start this summer with a revised calendar of 15 to 18 races despite postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix became the eighth race to be delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

But Carey insisted that the season would go ahead, although he admitted that it was still impossible to know exactly what the schedule will look like.

"We and our partners fully expect the season to start this summer, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races," Carey said.

So far, races scheduled for Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherlands and Spain have also been postponed while the iconic Riviera showpiece in Monaco and the season-opening Australian Grand Prix were cancelled.

Carey said the sport plans to race during the usual summer break and the campaign could finish after the scheduled final day in November.

The new season will not start until at least June 14 with the Canada GP.

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