Canceling all four races in the America, F1 replaced with three races in Germany, Portugal, and Italy, according to a statement today.
Because the Covid-19 situation in the Americas is still complicated, the F1 races in Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Brazil are not taking place this year. Instead, F1 introduced three races at Nurburgring, Portimao, and Imola.
Nurburgring has returned to F1 for the first time since 2013
The number of races this season has increased to 13. The Nurburgring leg will take place from October 9 to October 11, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
After seven years of absence, the Nurburgring has just returned to F1. This stage is named GP Eiffel, in which Eiffel is the mountain range where the race is located. The nearest winner in the Nurburgring is Sebastian Vettel, in Red Bull’s RB9.
The Portimao stage takes place from October 23 to October 25 in southern Portugal. Portimao first organized an F1 race, after the race was established in 2008. Portugal will also host the first F1 race since 1996 when Jacques Villeneuve won the race in the Williams car.
The Imola stage will only take place on October 31 and November 1, in Bologna, Italy. For the first time since 2006, Imola organized an F1 race. Imola is also the third leg in Italy this year, after Monza and Mugello. Most likely, Imola will only have one trial lap, before the qualifying round and the main race.
Previously, F1 added two races
F1 on July 10 announced the ninth and 10 seasons this season, at Mugello, Italy, and Sochi, Russia. Mugello will hold its ninth stage on September 13. Two weeks later, Sochi hosted the 10th stage, although the situation in Covid-19 in Russia is still complicated.
Mugello is owned by Ferrari. The Italian racing team usually selects Mugello as the test drive place before each season. Mugello has organized an F1 race for the first time and is also the 1,000th race in Ferrari history. The race is 5,245 km long, with 14 corners.
F1 still aims to organize from 15 to 18 stages this season.