Two more races have been added to the F1 calendar with Mugello and Sochi to host Grands Prix in September, taking the season up to 10 races with more expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The F1 season finally got underway last week in Austria and a second race at the Red Bull ring is being run this weekend.
There were only races on the official calendar due to the coronavirus but now F1 have confirmed two more in Italy and Russia.
The Mugello race on September 13 will follow the Italian Grand Prix before the show heads for Russia for September 27.
Mugello is owned by Ferrari and will host a race for the first time, becoming the fourth circuit used in Italy.
“We want to thank the promoters, national authorities, the teams and the FIA for their hard work and support in making these Grands Prix possible,” a statement read.
“And know our fans will be delighted to see Russia host its seventh race at the Sochi Autodrom and see Formula 1 cars race for the first time at exciting Mugello circuit in Italy.”
F1 chief Chase Carey said: “We are delighted to announce Mugello and Sochi will be part of the 2020 calendar and want to thank all our partners for their support in recent weeks.
“We had great start to our season in Austria last weekend and we are increasingly confident in our plans to race throughout the remainder of 2020.
“The Russian Grand Prix is a major moment in our season and we are looking forward to being back in Sochi in September.
“We are equally excited to see Formula 1 race for the first time at Mugello, an occasion that will mark Ferrari’s 1000 Grand Prix.
“Both races will be a huge boost for fans with more announcements on the next races in our calendar coming in the weeks ahead.”
Valtteri Bottas won the opening race of the season last weekend with defending champion Lewis Hamilton finishing fourth after being hit with a time penalty for an incident with Alex Albon, while Lando Norris earned his first podium.
The second race of the season takes place on Sunday at the same circuit in Austria.
Published at Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:30:00 +0000