Formula 1 will head to 22 race venues next year after the World Motor Sport Council ratified a bumper calendar.
Earlier this year F1’s bosses agreed to 22 races with Vietnam and Holland joining the circus with only Germany falling by the wayside.
2020 marks the sport’s longest-ever season.
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F1 race calendar 2020: Two new races added
Determined to visit new countries and expand the Formula 1 business, Liberty Media announced in November 2018 that the circus would be heading to Vietnam in 2020 in a multi-year deal.
The grand prix will be held on a temporary 5.5km street circuit taking the drivers through the streets of the capital, Hanoi.
Six months later Liberty confirmed that Zandvoort would return to the calendar in 2020 with the sport’s owners keen to tap into the phenomenon that is Max Verstappen and his travelling Orange Army.
Bumper calendar dependent on teams’ approval
But losing just one race, the German Grand Prix, after Spain was handed a one-year reprieve, Liberty Media needed unanimous agreement from the 10 teams to increase the calendar past 21.
Initially the teams demanded an extra engine, wanting the number increased to four power units before the drivers begin to incur penalties.
In the end, they backed down.
“In a nutshell, we basically agreed to have a 22nd race,” Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said in August.
“We’ve got to let Liberty do their business, and their business is to grow F1. If they are able to attract promoters, we’ve got to support them.
“So, we shouldn’t change the technical regulations because we have an extra race. That was the debate we had.
“It shouldn’t be seen as an opportunity to increase the number of components.”
Last step, WMSC ratification
The last step to increasing the calendar to 22 races was ratification from the World Motor Sport Council.
That was officially rubber-stamped when the WMSC met in Paris.
The WMSC also agreed to reduce pre-season testing with just two three-day tests ahead of the 2020 season.
Both outings will take place at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona.
The first test runs from February 19-21, while the second will take place from February 26-28.
2020 F1 CalendarMarch 15 – Australia, MelbourneMarch 22 – Bahrain, SakhirApril 5 – Vietnam, Hanoi *April 19 – China, ShanghaiMay 3 – Netherlands, Zandvoort *May 10 – Spain, BarcelonaMay 24 – Monaco, MonacoJune 7 – Azerbaijan, BakuJune 14 – Canada, MontrealJune 28 – France, Paul RicardJuly 5 – Austria, Red Bull RingJuly 19 – Britain, SilverstoneAugust 2 – Hungary, HungaroringAugust 30 – Belgium, SpaSeptember 6 – Italy, MonzaSeptember 20 – Singapore, Marina BaySeptember – 27 Russia, SochiOctober 11 – Japan, SuzukaOctober 25 – United States, AustinNovember 1 – Mexico, Mexico CityNovember 15 – Brazil, InterlagosNovember 29 – Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina
* subject to homologation
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