Formula 1 has announced the final four races of the FIA F1 World Championship with trips to Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi all confirmed.
The Turkish Grand Prix will take place on November 15 at Istanbul Park after a nine year hiatus meanwhile Bahrain will host back-to-back events on November 26 and December 6. Finally the season will conclude with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 13 taking the grand total of races this season to 17.
A Formula 1 spokesperson stated: “We can confirm that Turkey, Bahrain (hosting two races), and Abu Dhabi will be part of the revised season and want to express our thanks to the hard work of all our promoters and partners in making this 17-race season possible.
“We can confirm that a number of races in the revised 2020 season will be open to a limited number of fans, including hospitality, and we are working with each promoter to finalise the details.
“While we want to see as many fans as possible return as soon as it is safe to do so, our priority remains the safety of the Formula 1 community and the communities we visit, and we review fan access on this basis.
“Due to the ongoing fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to maintain close dialogue with all promoters and local authorities to ensure we operate in the safest way possible and monitor each national situation closely – including travel restrictions and local health procedures.”
Formula 1 organisers also confirmed that the Chinese Grand Prix has been officially canceled following its postponement earlier in the year. The addition of four more events has aligned with F1 CEO Chase Carey’s expectation of between 15-18 races. Following the announcement Carey highlighted the difficulty of achieving this target.
Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, commented: “We are proud to announce that Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi will be part of our 2020 season.
“This year has presented Formula 1 and the world with an unprecedented challenge and we want to pay tribute to everyone across Formula 1, the FIA, the teams, and our partners who have made this possible.
“While we are all disappointed that we have not been able to return to some of our planned races this year we are confident our season has started well and will continue to deliver plenty of excitement with traditional, as well as new, races that will entertain all our fans.”
Despite the FIA Formula 1 World Championship calendar only officially being completed this week, the competition is well underway with the Belgium Grand Prix taking place on August 28.