F1 adds Portimao, Nurburgring and Imola for 2020

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault F1 Team RS20. Hungarian Grand Prix, Saturday 18th July 2020. Budapest, Hungary.

In the good news category for Formula 1, the series has just added three more races to the 2020 season. The series will return to Portugal, the first time in nearly 25 years, at the famed Algarve International Circuit in Portimao on October 23-25.

Additionally, the Nurburgring will make its F1 return as the Eifel Grand Prix October 9-11. As good as the news is that the Nurburgring will return, the third addition is the famed Imola circuit, known as Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, will host F1 on October 31- November 1.

This brings the truncated season total to 13 races but with good news often comes bad news and for those of us in the west, there will be no racing in Brazil, USA, Mexico or Canada in 2020 and that’s a real shame.

“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.

“We also want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world.”

Keep your eye on Algarve, none of the drivers have raced F1 cars around that circuit and Imola will new to many of them as well. These circuits don’t have buckets of previous season data so the teams will be shooting int eh dark as well. Should be fun to watch.

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If anyone wants to get a taste of the Portugal track, Check out Chris Harris’s video testing the P1, Laferrari, and 918 around that track. It’s going to make for some seriously cool racing.

Xean Drury

Any time a track not designed by Tilke is added to the calendar; it’s a good day <3