Turkey returns to the F1 calendar for 2020

Turkey will return to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 2011, after the series confirmed an additional four Grands Prix for this season.

F1 bosses have confirmed that an additional four rounds have been confirmed to close the season, with F1 teams now heading to Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

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Turkey will hold its first race at Istanbul since 2011 on 15 November, while Bahrain will host two rounds on 29 November and 6 December , before teams then head to Abu Dhabi for the season finale on 13 December .

These four extra rounds means that the season will consist of a total of 17 races, meeting F1’s target that of 15-17 rounds that was set at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the opening race at Bahrain has kept its traditional Grand Prix name, the second event at the circuit will be called the Sakhir Grand Prix.

The series bosses have also confirmed there will be no Chinese Grand Prix this year.

Shanghai circuit owners, Juss Sports had been looking to get Formula 1 to head to the Chinese circuit later in the year, having had to cancel their original date in April, but they were unable to reach an agreement with the series, although F1 has confirmed the circuit will return to the calendar next year.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Formula 1 CEO, Chase Carey said: “We are proud to announce that Turkey, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi will be part of our 2020 season.

“This year has presented Formula 1 and the world with an unprecedented challenge and we want to pay tribute to everyone across Formula 1, the FIA, the teams, and our partners who have made this possible.

“While we are all disappointed that we have not been able to return to some of our planned races this year we are confident our season has started well and will continue to deliver plenty of excitement with traditional, as well as new, races that will entertain all our fans.”