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F1 confirms updated calendar with UK and Austria hosting two races each

Getty ImagesFormula One, the global motorsport series, is set to return with an eight-race European calendar starting in July. Global governing body the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has approved plans for the 2020 campaign to begin at Austria’s Red Bull Ring in Spielberg with successive races on 5th and 12th July before the Hungarian Grand Prix takes place on 19th July. Teams will then head to Silverstone for two races – dubbed the British Grand Prix and the Formula One 70th Anniversary Grand Prix respectively – before further events in Spain on 16th August, Belgium on 30th August and Italy on 6th September. Silverstone gets green light to host two F1 Grands PrixAll races are expected to be staged behind closed doors with a minimum number of team personnel at the circuit as part of plans to create as safe an environment as possible for all those taking part. Participants will also be required to travel on charter flights, social distance as much as possible, and undergo regular testing. Eight races is the minimum number required to determine a world champion under the sport’s regulations, but Formula One’s owners Liberty Media hope this is just the beginning as it looks to announce further races in Asia and the Americas, with the goal of staging up to 18 Grands Prix this year.

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