Formula One’s governing body, the FIIA, today announced that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place.
The 2020 formula one season has been thrown into disarray, with there yet to be a race this year. It was announced earlier this month that the season would get underway with back to back races in Europe at Austria and then 6 other Grand Prix on the continent.
With the rules stating that there need only be 8 races to count as a full season, motorsport fans feared that could spell the end of far flung track meets this year, especially as the vast majority of F1 teams are based close to each other in the south of England.
Instead, Formula One said it was aiming to have between 15 and 18 races this year.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be taking place as planned at the Yas Marina circuit, closing out the season in December.
The races are currently slated to take place behind closed doors, with no admittance to fans, to ensure the control of covid 19.
While we currently expect the season to commence without fans at our races we hope that over then coming months the situation will allow us to welcome them back once it is safe to do so.” Said Chase Carey, CEO of F1.
That could mean that we see an open Grand Prix with a live crowd in Abu Dhabi.
This season, world champion Lewis Hamilton will look to win again, and equal Michael Schumacher’s record 7 world championship wins.
After back to back races in Austria, F1 will move to Britain, Spain, Italy and Belgium, all of which will be run without spectators and musta adhere to strict safety standards.
If these races can be completed without signs of the virus, F1 is in with a good chance of completing the season and Hamilton could equal the record.
He will have the shortest season in over a decade in which to do it.