► 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 at least seven cancellations, with the Azerbaijan, Singapore, and Japan races being the latest to be kiboshed.
Formula E has taken 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 is scheduled to host its first race on 1 August.
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Car events cancelled by coronavirus
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
F1 looks set to turn its back on North and South America due to Coronavirus fears. The situation in the Americas is generally worse than in Europe - which explains why there will be no grand prix in Brazil, Mexico, U.S.A, or Canada this season.
There is some good news - the Nurburgring will star after a lengthy spell away from F1. While Portimao in Portugal, and Imola in Italy, have been given the green light too. Imola will actually play host to a two-day event, though the final format has yet to be confirmed.
'We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola to the revised calendar,' said Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1.
We want to thank the promoters, the teams, and the FIA for their full support in our efforts to bring our fans exciting racing this season during an unprecedented time.'
Other axed races for this year include the following GPs; Azerbaijan, Singapore, Japan, Dutch and Canada GPs.
A host of Asian venues are reportedly in talks too - chief of which are Malaysia and Vietnam.
Provisional 2020 F1 calendar
Austrian GP 3-5 July and 10-12 July
Hungarian GP 17-19 July
Great Britain GP 31 July-2 August and 7-9 August
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) October 9-11
Portugese GP - October 23-25
Italian GPs (Imola) - October 31 – November 1
Bahrain GP - TBC
UAE - TBC
British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
The British Touring Car Championship will be suspended until at least August 2020. It looks as though Donington Park will be the first round of the season, which will drastically reshape the schedule. BTCC boss Alan Gow said the series is unlikely to run on a closed-door schedule:
BTCC provisional calendar
Donington Park 1-2 August
Brands Hatch 8-9 August
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
Good news, Formula E will resume racing in August. Oddly, there will be six races in nine days, with this flurry of activity deciding the winner of the 2019/20 Championship.
Even odder is the venue - the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.
Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah) is leading Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) respectively in the Championship.
On returning to racings, Sims said: 'I'm looking forward to going back to Berlin, being with the team again and getting back on track. I've enjoyed the simulator events while we've not been able to race, but for me it's all about the real thing. Obviously, six races in nine days is unprecedented for anybody in the sport, so that's going to be exciting and I'm sure will throw up some challenges that we've not encountered before.'
Berlin ePrix 5 August, 6 August, 8 August, 9 August, 12 August, 13 August
World Endurance Championship (WEC)
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)
Rally GB has become the fifth and latest casualty of Coronavirus. 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:
Rally Argentina 23-26 April, postponed (new date unknown)
Rally Portugal 21-24 May, cancelled
Rally Italy Sardinia 4-7 June, postponed (new date unknown)
Safari Rally Kenya 16-19 July, cancelled
Rally Finland 6-9 August, cancelled
Rally New Zealand 3-6 September, cancelled
Rally Turkey 24-27 September, unaffected
ADAC Rallye Deutschland 15-18 October, unaffected
Wales Rally GB 29 October-1 November, cancelled
Rally Japan 19-22 November, unaffected
Initially penned to start racing with no spectators, the virus has reached a point where IndyCar officials have taken the decision to postpone the start of the season until the first round of Indianapolis. The circuit says it is prepared and it’s ‘planning for all contingencies':
Barber Motorsports Park 5 April, postponed (new date unknown)
Long Beach 19 April, postponed or cancelled
Circuit of the Americas Postponed (new date unknown)
Indianapolis Road Course 9 May, unaffected
Indianapolis 500 24 May, unaffected
Detroit 30-31 May, unaffected
Nascar (cup series)
A lot of Nascar races, aren’t there? The season opener has been pushed back by nearly a month, with four events already postponed. However, organisers have assured fans that all 36 races will indeed be completed this season:
Bristol Motor Speedway 5 April, postponed (new date unknown)
Richmond Raceway 19 April, postponed (new date unknown)
Talladega Superspeedway 26 April, postponed (new date unknown)
Dover International Speedway 3 May, postponed (new date unknown)
Martinsville Speedway 10 May, unaffected
Charlotte Motor Speedway 17 May, unaffected
Charlotte Motor Speedway 24 May, unaffected
Kansas 400 31 May, unaffected
Michigan International Speedway 7 June, unaffected
Sonoma Raceway 14 June, unaffected
Chicagoland Speedway 21 June, unaffected
Pocono Raceway 27 June, unaffected
Pocono Raceway 28 June, unaffected
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 5 July, unaffected
Kentucky Speedway 12 July, unaffected
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 19 July, unaffected
Michigan International Speedway 9 August, unaffected
The Glen 16 August, unaffected
Dover International Speedway 23 August, unaffected
Daytona International Speedway 30 August, unaffected
Darlington Raceway 6 September, unaffected
Richmond Raceway 13 September, unaffected
Bristol Motor Speedway 20 September, unaffected
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 28 September, unaffected
Talladega Superspeedway 4 October, unaffected
Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 11 October, unaffected
Kansas Speedway 18 October, unaffected
Texas Motor Speedway 25 October, unaffected
Martinsville Speedway 1 November, unaffected
Phoenix Raceway 8 November, unaffected
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