Formula One has announced that the Turkish Grand Prix will return to the calendar for the first time since 2011, as part of four closing races to a chaotic 2020 season.
F1 will head to Istanbul Park, Turkey on weekend of 13-15 November 2020 for the first Turkish Grand Prix since May 2011, which was won by Sebastian Vettel who is one of three drivers still racing on the grid alongside Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez.
The season will eventually conclude with a Middle East triple header which compromises of a double header in Bahrain on weekends of 27-29 November then 4-6 December, ahead of the traditional season finale which will once again be held in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina circuit from 11-13 December 2020.
These four additional races will bring this season’s calendar up to 17 races and mark the latest finish to any F1 season since the 1963 campaign, which concluded in South Africa on 28 December.
F1 therefore won’t be racing in China this season as initially intended despite the initial decision to postpone until a later date, with a short statement saying; “Sadly, we will not be racing in China this season and want to thank our partner Juss Sports for their support and engagement in recent months and hugely look forward to returning to Shanghai next year.”
On the decision not to return to planned races on the original 2020 calendar, F1 Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey said; “While we are all disappointed that we have not been able to return to some of our planned races this year we are confident our season has started well and will continue to deliver plenty of excitement with traditional as well as new,…”
It has also been confirmed that selected races will be open to limited number of spectators and the sport is working with individual promoters to finalise details, whilst expressing a desire to ‘want to see as many fans as possible return as soon as it is safe to do so’ although their ‘priority remains the safety of the Formula 1 community and the communities we visit’ and fan attendance will be reviewed on the basis of still managing to protect everyone within F1.