Has F1 racing ever experienced a situation like the 2020 season with the affect of a big pandemic? In your history, has any F1 season had so few races?
The F1 racing season has lost eight races, and given the current complex situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the racing schedule is still uncertain. Photo: Autosport
Like all other sporting events, the 2020 Formula 1 race schedule is heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it is increasingly likely that the season will be severely narrowed.
All races originally scheduled, from the season’s opening race to the Canadian Grand Prix on June 14, were canceled or postponed. This means the 2020 season has lost eight races, and given the current complex situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the racing schedule is still uncertain.
While this is sad for the entire motorsport community, a shorter season is not necessarily less appealing. History F1 has experienced many boring long seasons when only one driver or team almost dominated the scoreboard, with the “all winning” results.
However, there are short seasons but each race is extremely interesting. If the 2020 race is shortened, each race could become a classic event to be remembered.
How many races will the F1 2020 season have?
Recently, F1 CEO Chase Carey announced that he hoped the 2020 season would consist of 15-18 races, starting around summer and ending later than the original expected 11/29. By turning the riders’ summer vacation in March and April, F1 can still be played without interruption if the pandemic is relieved.
A schedule of 15-18 races will make the 2020 season have the same length as the 1990s, an equally exciting era with few races. However, with the current instability, it is impossible to predict exactly how the 2020 season will take place and when it is really safe to continue to host sporting events.