Istanbul and Jerez look set for 2020 races

The 2020 Formula 1 calendar looks to be headed for another shakeup with Istanbul and Jerez (above) in contention for races in November.

With races in the Americas already ruled out and Asian events in question, F1 organisers have again turned to Europe to beef up the 2020 calendar ahead of a visit to the Middle East in December to round things up.

A return to Turkey would be the first Grand Prix in the country since 2012 with 2017 talks to revive the event breaking down when Liberty Media assumed the rights to F1’s commercial rights.

Meanwhile, Jerez will make a Grand Prix return for the first time since 1997 when it hosted the staggering championship conclusion where three drivers were tied for pole and Michael Schumacher was disqualified as Jacques Villeneuve clinched the title.

Jerez has also hosted various testing, most recently pre-season testing in 2014 and a standalone F2 round in 2017.

The original 2020 F1 calendar had 22 scheduled events, a record high for F1, but the Covid-19 pandemic led to a great delay in proceedings, postponements and cancellations. F1 have already confirmed 13 rounds of the 2020 season leading up to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on the first weekend of November.

Races at Istanbul and Jerez would make rounds 14 and 15 while the rumoured two rounds in Bahrain and a final race in Abu Dhabi could mean an 18 race calendar concluding in December.