Report: F1 abandons US, Mexican
and Brazilian Grand Prix

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Formula 1 has canceled any plans of staging races in the US, Mexico and Brazil due to the growing coronavirus pandemic in the Americas, as confirmed by the competition.

The competition, which is currently underway, has yet to officially confirm a full schedule, however, the three Grand Prix will be replaced with European alternatives.

These include F1 returning to Germany’s Nurburgring circuit alongside Italy’s Imola track, additionally the competition will debut a new circuit by visiting Portugal’s Portimao track. All three races have been scheduled between October and November, which is when the tracks in the America’s were expected to be scheduled.  

Formula 1 has regularly expressed its desire to host at least 16 races this year, however, with certain countries suffering a rise in coronavirus cases the competition has been dealt with multiple cancelations.

The organisation will also not be hosting a race in Canada this year. The Canadian Grand Prix was indefinitely postponed in April and, despite having a lower COVID risk, will not be a part of the 2020 season due to strict travel restrictions.

According to BBC Sport, the original plan was to host the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on October 23, with the Mexican Grand Prix following a week later and the Brazilian Grand Prix taking place on November 13.

Due to the revised calendar causing multiple postponements and cancelations this will be the third race to be scheduled in Italy, with races at Monza and Florence commencing in September.

Including the three races at the Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola F1’s calendar will total to 13 Grand Prix’s, it is reported that two races in Bahrain and one in Abu Dhabi throughout November and December will also be announced matching the competition’s minimum target.

Nevertheless, F1 has not given up hope in securing more races, particularly in Asia, with the Vietnamese Grand Prix still a strong possibility along with a race in Malaysia. However, any hope of hosting a race in China has been abandoned after the country announced that it will not be staging any international sporting events in 2020.