We now have the final dates and venues for the last four races of the 2020 Formula 1 season. It is now official that there will be a total of 17 races in the delayed season.
While it was previously confirmed that Abu Dhabi would host the season finale with Bahrain hosting at least the penultimate round, the addition of Turkey to the calendar was the only surprise in this announcement. Formula 1 is returning to the Istanbul Park Circuit for the first time since 2011 meaning it’ll be the first time the turbo-hybrid era of cars gets to race around it. Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez are the only drivers from the current grid to have any racing experience of the Turkish GP and all except Perez have won there one time each. In the few years of racing at Istanbul, there has been a lot of exciting racing action so it’ll be fun to see if that can happen once again with the current lineup.
Bahrain will be hosting two races after Turkey in a similar fashion to Austria and Britain. The season would end at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. These would make for another triple-header weekend this year with the final race scheduled to take place on December 13. Here’s how the final calendar looks like for F1 2020:
We’re heading into racing action this weekend after a short break at the Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgium GP. It seems Mercedes and Hamilton have a comfortable lead over their rivals in the Driver’s and Constructor’s standings but we could be in for an interesting mid-field battle between Renault, McLaren and Racing Point. Stay tuned and feel free to subscribe to the Auto Loons for more updates.