Coronavirus calendar: F1 returns to Turkey

Published: 24 July 2020

► Disruption to car events across the globe
► F1 is back!
► American events less affected

People might be staring at blank pages in their social diaries for now, but at least Formula 1 is back.

Motorsport’s largest circus (F1) kicked back into life on the 3rd July with the Austrian Grand Prix. But it’s not all rosy – there have been multiple cancellations. At least Turkey is back after a nine-year hiatus.

Formula E also took the brave step to conclude its championship with six races in nine days at Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.

Meanwhile, away from the glitz, glamour, and gluttony of the Formulas, grassroots motorsport is looking up in the UK. The BTCC season, among others, has begun.

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Can’t be bothered reading the whole article? Click the links below to see how different race series and events are dealing with the coronavirus:

Car events cancelled by coronavirus

Goodwood Festival of Speed: the customary garden motor show has been pulled from July 2020 calendar

Events across Europe and America are being cancelled at an alarming rate, as organisers react to lockdowns and public health warnings. Here we round up the car meets and events that hundreds of thousands of you were looking forward to:

Geneva Motor Show 5-15 March, cancelled. Read the full story on the cancellation of everyone’s favourite motor show here

Donington Historic Festival 24 March, postponed (new date unknown)

Techno Classica Essen 25-29 March, postponed to 7-11 April 2021

Goodwood Members’ Meeting 28-29 March, postponed to 10-11 April 2021 (provisionally)

Coventry MotoFest 6-7 June, postponed to 4-6 June 2021

Detroit Motor Show 16-26 June, cancelled. Full details about NAIAS cancellation here

Bicester Super Scramble 23 June, cancelled

Yorkshire Motorsport Festival 26-28 June, postponed to 25-27 June 2021

Goodwood Festival of Speed (above) 9-12 July, cancelled

Goodwood Revival 11-13 September, cancelled

Paris motor show 1-11 October, cancelled. Full story here

Le Mans Classic 2-5 July, postponed to 1-4 July 2021

Formula 1

The F1 calendar is being badly affected by the spread of coronavirus

The Formula 1 calendar for this season has finally been confirmed.

Turkey will return to the roster for the first time in nine years. While Bahrain will host back-to-back GPs like the UK and Austria did. With Abu Dhabi confirmed for the 13 December, it means the sport’s calendar runs to 17 races in total.

A statement from Formula 1 said: “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.”

The latest casualty is China, which has been officially cancelled. While it seems Vietnam’s new street circuit looks set to get in the bin as well. Other cancelled events include all of the North and South American events, plus the Azerbaijan, Singapore, Japan, Dutch, and Canada GPs.

Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said: “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.”

2020 F1 calendar

COMPLETED: Austrian GP 3-5 July and 10-12 July

COMPLETED Hungarian GP 17-19 July

COMPLETED Great Britain GP 31 July-2 August and 7-9 August

COMPLETED Spanish GP 14-16 August

Belgian GP 28-30 August

Italian GP Monza 4-6 September Mugello 11-13 September

Russian GP 25-27 September

German GP (Nurburgring) 9-11 October

Portugese GP – 23-25 October

Italian GPs (Imola) – 31 October – 1 November

Turkish GP – 13-15 November 

Bahrain GP – 27-29 November and 4-6 December

UAE GP – 11-13 December

British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)

BTCC race calendar has been suspended until at least July 2020

The British Touring Car Championship kicked off at Donington Park, in what is a drastically reshaped schedule.

BTCC Calendar

COMPLETED: Donington Park 1-2 August

COMPLETED: Brands Hatch 8-9 August

COMPLETED: Oulton Park 22-23 August

Knockhill 29-30 August

Thruxton 19-20 September

Silverstone 26-27 September

Croft 10-11 October

Snetterton 24-25 October

Brands Hatch 14-15 November

Formula E

Formula E calendar

Formula E resumed racing in August in what was one of the oddest events ever seen on a calendar. There were six races in nine days, held at one venue – the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.

COMPLETED: Berlin ePrix 5 August, 6 August, 8 August, 9 August, 12 August, 13 August

World Endurance Championship (WEC)

LMP1 racing and the WEC championship is disrupted throughout 2020 by the Covid-19 pandemic

The big news here is that the Le Mans 24 Hours has moved from June to September 2020. And the 6 hours of Spa has been postponed, too. The revised calendar for the series is being worked on at the moment and we aim to update this story once we know more. But this does mean that next year’s season, which sees the introduction of the new hypercar category, will be delayed, organisers pledge:

6 Hours of Spa 25 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Le Mans 24 Hours 13-14 June, postponed to 19-20 September

World Rally Championship (WRC)

WRC calendar has been affected by spread of Covid-19

At present, it looks like only five more rallies will go ahead this year, but organisers are looking to add some European events to bolster the crumbling calendar.

So far, Sebastian Ogier (Toyota) leads Elfyn Evans (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) respectively:

COMPLETED: Rallye Monte Carlo – 23-26 January

COMPLETED: Rally Sweden – 13-16 February

COMPLETED: Rally Mexico – 12-15 March

Rally Estonia 4-6 September

Rally Turkey 18-20 September

Rallye Deutschland 15-18 October

Rally Italia 29 October-1 November

Rally Belgium 19-22 November


IndyCar championship 2020

Initially penned to start racing with no spectators, the virus reached a point where IndyCar officials took the decision to postpone the start of the season. Since then, things have been running smoothly.

COMPLETED: Genesys 300, Texas Motor Speedway 6 June

COMPLETED: GMR Grand Prix, Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4-5 July

COMPLETED: Rev Group, Road America 11-12 July

COMPLETED: Iowa Indycar 250S, Iowa Speedway, Race 1 17 July

COMPLETED: Iowa Indycar 250S, Iowa Speedway, Race 2 18 July

COMPLETED: Indy 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway 23 August

Bommarito Automotive, World Wide Technology Raceway, Race 1 29 August

Bommarito Automotive, World Wide Technology Raceway, Race 2 30 August

Indycar Harvest GP, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Race 1 2 October

Indycar Harvest GP, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Race 2 3 October

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Streets of St. Petersburg, 25 October

Nascar (cup series)

Nascar championship 2020: is it being affected by coronavirus?

A lot of Nascar races, aren’t there? The season opener was pushed back by nearly a month, but organisers have assured fans that all 36 races will indeed be completed this season:

COMPLETED: Daytona 9 February

COMPLETED: Daytona 13 February

COMPLETED: Daytona 13 February

COMPLETED: Daytona 500 17 February

COMPLETED: Las Vegas 23 February

COMPLETED: Auto Club Speedway 1 March

COMPLETED: Phoenix Raceway 8 March

COMPLETED: Darlington Raceway 17 May

COMPLETED: Darlington Raceway 20 May

COMPLETED: Charlotte Motor Speedway 24 May

COMPLETED: Charlotte Motor Speedway 28 May

COMPLETED: Bristol Motor Speedway 31 May

COMPLETED: Atlanta Motor Speedway 7 June

COMPLETED: Martinsville Speedway 10 June

COMPLETED: Homestead-Miami Speedway 14 June

COMPLETED: Talladega Superspeedway 22 June

COMPLETED: Pocono Raceway 27 June

COMPLETED: Pocono Raceway 28 June

COMPLETED: Indianapolis Motor Speedway 5 July

COMPLETED: Kentucky Speedway 12 July

COMPLETED: Bristol Motor Speedway 15 July

COMPLETED: Bristol Motor Speedway 15 July

COMPLETED: Texas Motor Speedway 19 July

COMPLETED: Kansas Speedway 23 July

COMPLETED: New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2 August

COMPLETED: Michigan International Speedway 8 August

COMPLETED: Michigan International Speedway 9 August

COMPLETED: Daytona International Speedway Road Course 16 August

COMPLETED: Dover International Speedway 22 August

COMPLETED: Dover International Speedway 23 August

Daytona International Speedway 29 August

Darlington Raceway 6 September

Richmond Raceway 12 September

Bristol Motor Speedway 19 September

Las Vegas Motor Speedway 27 September

Talladega Superspeedway 4 October

Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 11 October

Kansas Speedway 18 October

Texas Motor Speedway 25 October

Martinsville Speedway 1 November

Phoenix Raceway 8 November

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By Murray Scullion

Petrolhead, journalist and traveller. Loves fast old cars and new tech. Deputy editor of sister site,