Chinese and Vietnamese races set to happen this year

The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix will go ahead, has learned, with a high likelihood that the first-ever Vietnam Grand Prix may well take place this season.

FOM is working on the second part of the 2020 Formula 1 season, which should be released tomorrow, and if the European season roughly delineated, overseas races are under thick clouds of uncertainty.

In Asia, the Japanese and Singapore races were canceled and Chinese and Vietnam were postponed after the new coronavirus outbreak, but Shanghai may offer Formula 1 the opportunity to travel to the Far East.

According to our sources, the Chinese Grand Prix will be held on the weekend of November 20 to  22, which put it just before the expected dates for the Middle East leg – that should have two races at Bahrein and one at Abu Dhabi.

The option of staging two races in Shanghai was considered, but it was decided not to go ahead with that plan, which further suggests the Vietnam Grand Prix will also go ahead.

FOM intends to have at least two races on each continent to justify the logistic effort and costs to freight cars and teams’ equipment from Europe to Asia.

Now, 13 to 15 November are the likely dates for the Hanoi race, one week before the Chinese Grand Prix.

The second part of the F1 calendar should be released tomorrow [Friday] on day one of the F1 season-opening Austrian Grand Prix weekend, while races at Mugello and Algarve International Circuit are expected to be confirmed for the second half of this complicated year.

The first 8 races of the 2020 F1 Calendar:

1Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von OsterreichThe Red Bull Ring, AustriaJuly 3-5
2Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der SteiermarkThe Red Bull Ring, AustriaJuly 10-12
3Formula 1 Aramco Magyar NagydijThe Hungaroring, HungaryJuly 17-19
4Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand PrixSilverstone, UKJuly 31 – August 2
5Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand PrixSilverstone, UKAugust 7-9
6Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de EspanaCircuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, SpainAugust 14-16
7Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps, BelgiumAugust 28-30
8Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’ItaliaMonza, ItalySeptember 4-6