F1 2020 season guide: no spectators for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone


French GP off

Organisers of the Formula 1 French Grand Prix have confirmed that the 28 June race is off because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The French government has banned all major events until mid-July, meaning the race at Circuit Paul Ricard will not go ahead on its scheduled date. 

Ten F1 grands prix have now been postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus. 

Eric Boullier, managing director of the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet, said: “Given the evolution of the situation linked to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the French Grand Prix takes note of the decisions announced by the French State making it impossible to maintain our event.

“The eyes of the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet are already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more unprecedented event at the heart of the Région Sud.”

No fans at Silverstone 

It has also been confirmed that should the British Grand Prix go ahead on 19 July the Silverstone event will be held behind closed doors. 

Silverstone said in a statement: “We are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans at Silverstone. 

“We have left this difficult decision for as long as possible, but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions in the country and the Government requirements in place now and for the foreseeable future, that a grand prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.

“We have consistently said that should we find ourselves in this position we will support Formula 1 as they seek to find alternative ways to enable F1 racing to take place this year.

“Following this weekend’s news from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we are now working with them on the viability of an event behind closed doors.”

5 July start in Austria?

As per the original schedule, the next race on the calendar is the Austrian Grand Prix on 5 July. 

F1 CEO Chase Carey says the target is now to start the season with the event at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Carey said: “We’re targeting a start to racing in Europe through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria on 3-5 July weekend. 

“September, October and November, would see us race in Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi, having completed between 15-18 races. We will publish our finalised calendar as soon as we possibly can. 

“We expect the early races to be without fans but hope fans will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule. We still have to work out many issues like the procedures for the teams and our other partners to enter and operate in each country. 

“The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority one and we will only go forward if we are confident we have reliable procedures to address both risks and possible issues.”

Which races have been called off?

  • 15 March: Australian Grand Prix – cancelled 
  • 22 March: Bahrain Grand Prix – postponed
  • 5 April: Vietnam Grand Prix – postponed
  • 19 April: Chinese Grand Prix – postponed
  • 3 May: Dutch Grand Prix – postponed 
  • 10 May: Spanish Grand Prix – postponed 
  • 14 May: Monaco Grand Prix – cancelled
  • 7 June: Azerbaijan Grand Prix – postponed
  • 14 June: Canadian Grand Prix – postponed 
  • 28 June: French Grand Prix – called off 
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F1 2020 season guide

Teams, cars, drivers and race numbers 
  • Mercedes W11: Lewis Hamilton #44 and Valtteri Bottas #77 
  • Ferrari SF1000: Sebastian Vettel #5 and Charles Leclerc #16 
  • Red Bull Racing RB16: Max Verstappen #33 and Alex Albon #23 
  • McLaren MCL35: Carlos Sainz Jr #55 and Lando Norris #4 
  • Renault R.S.20: Daniel Ricciardo #3 and Esteban Ocon #31 
  • Alpha Tauri AT01: Pierre Gasly #10 and Daniil Kvyat #26 
  • Racing Point RP20: Sergio Perez #11 and Lance Stroll #18  
  • Alfa Romeo C39: Kimi Raikkonen #7 and Antonio Giovinazzi #99   
  • Haas VF-20: Kevin Magnussen #20 and Romain Grosjean #8 
  • Williams FW43: George Russell #63 and Nicholas Latifi #6

F1 TV coverage in the UK

What TV channel is F1 on in 2020?

A new multi-year deal between UK broadcasters Sky Sports and Channel 4 was confirmed last year. Sky Sports will show all races live in 2020 while Channel 4 will show free-to-air live coverage of the British GP and highlights of the other 21 races.  

Watch F1 on Now TV 

Formula 1 fans can also watch the action live on Now TV. Viewers can subscribe to a Sky Sports Day Pass via Now TV for £9.99, the most economical way of watching each race.

F1 2020 betting odds

F1 2020 drivers’ championship winner

Prices according to Oddschecker

  • Lewis Hamilton: 4/7
  • Max Verstappen: 5/1 
  • Charles Leclerc: 7/1 
  • Valtteri Bottas: 8/1
  • Sebastian Vettel: 12/1    
  • See oddschecker.com for the full price list 
F1 2020 constructors’ championship winner
  • Mercedes: 2/7 
  • Ferrari: 13/2  
  • Red Bull: 13/2  
  • McLaren: 500/1
  • Racing Point: 500/1   
  • Renault: 400/1  
  • Alpha Tauri: 1,000/1
  • Alfa Romeo: 1,000/1 
  • Haas: 2,000/1    
  • Williams: 3,000/1
  • See oddschecker.com
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2019 F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Which races have been called off?

  • 15 March: Australian Grand Prix – cancelled 
  • 22 March: Bahrain Grand Prix – postponed
  • 5 April: Vietnam Grand Prix – postponed
  • 19 April: Chinese Grand Prix – postponed
  • 3 May: Dutch Grand Prix – postponed 
  • 10 May: Spanish Grand Prix – postponed 
  • 14 May: Monaco Grand Prix – cancelled
  • 7 June: Azerbaijan Grand Prix – postponed
  • 14 June: Canadian Grand Prix – postponed
  • 28 June: French Grand Prix – called off 

F1 2020 grand prix calendar

Austrian GP 
  • When: 3-5 July  
  • Where: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 
  • Race start time (UK time): 2.10pm on 5 July
British GP – behind closed doors 
  • When: 17-19 July  
  • Where: Silverstone  
  • Race start time (UK time): 3.10pm on 19 July
Hungarian GP 
  • When: 31 July-2 August 
  • Where: Hungaroring, Budapest 
  • Race start time (UK time): 2.10pm on 2 August
Belgian GP
  • When: 28-30 August 
  • Where: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 
  • Race start time (UK time): 2.10pm on 30 August
Italian GP 
  • When: 4-6 September 
  • Where: Autodromo Nazionale Monza 
  • Race start time (UK time): 2.10pm on 6 September
Singapore GP 
  • When: 18-20 September 
  • Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 
  • Race start time (UK time): 1.10pm on 20 September
Russian GP 
  • When: 25-27 September 
  • Where: Sochi Autodrom, Sochi 
  • Race start time (UK time): 12.10pm on 27 September 
Japanese GP 
  • When: 9-11 October  
  • Where: Suzuka International Racing Course 
  • Race start time (UK time): 5.10am on 11 October
United States GP 
  • When: 23-25 October  
  • Where: Circuit of The Americas in Austin 
  • Race start time (UK time): 7.10pm on 25 October 
Mexican GP
  • When: 30 October-1 November 
  • Where: Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City 
  • Race start time (UK time): 7.10pm on 1 November
Brazilian GP 
  • When: 13-15 November  
  • Where: Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 
  • Race start time (UK time): 5.10pm on 15 November
Abu Dhabi GP
  • When: 27-29 November 
  • Where: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 
  • Race start time (UK time): 1.10pm on 29 November

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