Four races have already been "postponed", what can the 2020 Formula 1 season look like? An outlook.
Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China – all races at the beginning of the season are “postponed”, currently probably rather cancelled – but nobody at the F1 and FIA wants to say that yet, which might have insurance-related reasons, after all, it’s about high entry fees.
What nobody really wants to admit is that the first three races in Europe are also hanging by a thread: Netherlands, Spain, Monaco. In Monaco a tennis tournament shortly before the Grand Prix has already been cancelled, why should the Formula 1 circus take place at the Mediterranean coast one week later?
At the moment, a Formula 1 kick-off in Baku seems realistic – the date of 7 June still seems far enough away so that the Corona situation in the world could relax.
Due to the until then “relaxed” life of the drivers and mechanics it would be possible that races would not be held in two-week intervals but only with a one-week break. In addition, Thursdays could be changed to Friday as arrival days, the free practice sessions on Friday could be cancelled and the race weekends could be shortened overall.
At the end of the year there could be a reunion in Australia: Why not use the Melbourne Grand Prix as a dignified setting for the season finale. In the meantime, it remains to be seen how many of the cancelled races can be packed into a much tighter 2020 Formula 1 calendar.
Given the situation of thousands of sick people worldwide, such a prospect may seem unimportant, but at the end of the day, Formula One is a business and teams rely on racing and prize money being distributed.