We bring good news and bad news from the world of Formula 1.
First up, the bad: F1 has confirmed it won’t travel to the Americas in 2020 “due to the fluid nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local restrictions, and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe.” That means races in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the USA will definitely not go ahead.
But! The sport has confirmed three more European races for this season, taking the number of rounds announced so far to 13 (we’re expecting between 15 and 18 races to take place this year). F1 will return to the Nürburgring and Imola in October—both superb circuits that have hosted many F1 grands prix.
In between them, though, the F1 circus will travel to a circuit it’s never been to before. Joining Mugello in making its F1 debut in 2020 is Portimao in Portugal, a circuit on which we ran last year’s spectacular TG24. The 4.7km track in southern Portugal opened in 2008. It has hosted F1 tests, but never a full-on race.
We should hear more updates on the rest of the 2020 F1 calendar in the coming weeks. Which other venues that are not in the original schedule do you think should host a grand prix?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.