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Three exhilarating new destinations added to F1 calender 2020- Portimao, Nurburgring and Imola

This brings us to a current total of 13 races this year, with Imola being a 2-day event.

In a recent announcement, F1 stewards have revised the calender and introduced 3 epic new race destinations for the 2020 agenda. This includes Portimao, Nurburgring and the well-known Imola.  The Portuguese Grand Prix this year will be hosted at the  Algarve International Circuit in Portimao. This also happens to be F1’s debut at this circuit. The  Eifel Grand Prix at Germany will take place two weeks prior to this and the race at Imola will happen a week after the one at Portimao. With the new additions, our total comes up to 13 races scheduled for this year( previously 10, including Mugello) and we expect further revisions as Formula1 plans to have 15-18 races for 2020. Action packed indeed.

Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, Chase Carey said: “We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola to the revised calendar.”

Eifel Grand Prix at Germany’s iconic Nurburgring (Oct 9-11)

Situated in the heart of the Eifel mountains, old racing fans may recall this iconic circuit which was well used in the days of Ayrton Senna and Stirling Moss. The original, bigger ring was finished in 1927, but after Niki Lauda’s ‘horror crash’ in 1976, they had to redo it to a more manageable circuit and it was reopened in 1984.

The Nurburgring is a high speed track with some uphill, fast corners and a tight right-hander at the 1st turn. The track has not seen rubber since the last race in 2013. It is also very notorious for being slippery during rainy seasons. How do you think this will turn out in case of some splish-splash action?

Portuguese Grand Prix- Portimao (Oct 23-25)

Opened in 2008, the Algarve International circuit in Portimao will host the Portuguese Grand Prix for 2020. This will mark F1’s debut at this cicuit. This picturesque track consists of a 2.9 mile lap with an uphill segment, down dale and the rush of a final plunge before crossing the finish line. Expect to see some hot action at this venue.

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix (Oct 31- Nov 1)

The event at Imola is planned for a 2-day format, with drivers being given only one practice session (most-likely). This “old-school” track had its foundation laid in March of 1950 and has witnessed many action-packed races like the duel between Alonso and Schumacher in 2005. The last F1 event hosted here took place in 2006 and since then it has undergone a lot of renovations.

In other news, F1 confirmed that it is not possible to race in USA, Brazil, Mexico and Canada. Although, with these new additions and probably more revisions to the calender, fans can still expect to see plenty of high-speed occurances.

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