The long-awaited news that theÂ FIA Formula 2 Championship is set to return has now been confirmed with the first eight rounds of the 2020 season.
Motorsport like other sports has been hit by the global coronavirus pandemic since the start of the year, now we will get the global roadshow back underway as nations begin to ease their respective containment policies.
As expected earlier this month in our predicted calendar following leaks and releases we begin the season in F1, F2 and F3 in Austria at theÂ Red Bull Ring.
This first race weekend will be an unprecedented double weekender with two races, we also await some speculation that in the Formula 1 race that they will have a revised format on at least one of these.
We will then head for a single race weekend in Hungary on July 18th and 19th which will see the competition of 3 rounds and a back-to-back-to-back system over those three weekends.
We will pause for a week and then begin another triple header with Great Britain hosting a double weekend between the 31st July and 09th of August before a single weekend in Barcelona on the 14th 16th August.
The announcement of this frantic start to the season comes following government intervention in the UK to allow sport and the adaption of travel legislation amidst the backdrop of the global pandemic.
Bruno Michel the CEO of the F2 and F3 championships commented through a press release;
â€œI would like to thank Formula 1 and the FIA for making this revised opening calendar possible in such difficult circumstances,â€Â
â€œI am very pleased to confirm that F2 and F3 will be able to race alongside F1 in the first eight events.
It was expected that we would have spectators-less races throughout these months of negotiation with governments and Michel commented on this,
â€œIt is unfortunate that currently, we donâ€™t expect fan attendance in these opening events, but we are however glad that we are able to bring them the entertainment of our racing in the safest way possible.
â€œWe will also follow the very detailed safety plan put in place by F1 and the FIA as our priority is to make sure no risks are taken.
There will be further additions to the calendar after these eight races, the speed at which the sport is ploughing through the weekends is an attempt to get through the European calendar before heading out of the worst-affected nations.
Further races will likely be in Russia, Bahrain and UAE as these venues aim to keep roughly the same dates as scheduled for the normal season.