The attempt by authorities to slow and contain the pandemic Coronavirus / Covid-19 has seriously affected the motor sport calendar for 2020.
As drastic as it may seem this is not the ordinary ‘flu (see this sobering tweet) and serious precautions must be taken to protect all those in society.
It may seem frivolous to talk of how it affects the motor racing calendar but at some point this will be over and the pieces will need picking up. It is getting quite hard to keep up with what has been cancelled and rescheduled for later.
This blog post attempts to note every change.
At the time of first writing (13th March) it is hard to predict how long this will last. What at first seemed like a 2-4 week interruption is fast becoming something much bigger. It is becoming clear all events will be cancelled in the rest of March, all of April, most of May and probably into June. The consequence will be a lot of rescheduled events from August to December, some later events made double-headers, but also a lot of outright cancellations with no make-up races.
I am updating IWTMR Google/iCal Calendars often.
I am in the process of relisting races here in order of their rescheduled dates with cancellations underneath.
This post will be updated.
Last updated: Thursday 18th June 2020
Austrian Grand Prix – 5th July, becomes opening round behind closed doors, date unchanged..
Styrian Grand Prix – 12th July. New 2nd race at the Red Bull Ring.
Hungarian Grand Prix – 19th July. Swaps places with Silverstone to provide ease of travel for teams.
British Grand Prix – 2nd August. Swaps places with Hungaroring.
F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – 9th August. New 2nd race at Silverstone celebrating the 70th anniversary of the World Championship.
Spanish Grand Prix – 16th August. Originally 10th May.
Bahrain Grand Prix – Postponed (TBC). Originally 22nd March.
French Grand Prix – Postponed (TBC). Originally 28th June.
Australian Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 15th March, Postponed on race weekend. McLaren withdrew after a team member tested positive, race postponed a day later.
Vietnam Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 5th April.
Chinese Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 19th April.
Dutch Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 3rd May.
Monaco Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 24th May.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 7th June.
Canadian Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 14th June.
Singapore Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 20th September.
Japanese Grand Prix – Cancelled. Originally 11th October.
Some races may be rescheduled later, more likely other rounds will be made double-headers.
Berlin ePrix – Will host the entirety of the 2nd half of the season in the space of 9 days utilising 3 layouts. These will be:
Wednesday 5th August – layout 1;
Thursday 6th August – layout 1;
Saturday 8th August – layout 2;
Sunday 9th August – layout 2;
Wednesday 12th August – layout 3;
Thursday 13th August – layout 3;
Sanya ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 21st March.
Rome ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 4th April.
Paris ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 18th April.
Seoul ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 2nd May.
Jakarta ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 6th June.
New York ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 11th July.
London ePrix – Cancelled. Originally 25th & 26th July.
Qatar GP – Moto2 and Moto3 races ran as planned with teams already on site. MotoGP class cancelled.
Spanish GP (Jerez) – 19th July. Originally 3rd May.
Andalucia GP (Jerez) – 26th July. 2nd race at Jerez.
Czech GP – 9th August. No change.
Austrian GP – 16th August. No change.
Styrian GP (Spielberg) – 23rd August. 2nd race at Red Bull Ring.
San Marino GP (Misano) – 13th September. No change.
Emilia Romagna GP (Misano) – 20th September. 2nd race at Misano.
Catalan GP – 27th September. Originally 7th June.
French GP – 11th October. Originally 17th May.
Aragon GP – 18th October.
Teruel GP (Aragon) – 25th October.
European GP (Valencia) – 8th November. 2nd race at Valencia, ahead of the ‘primary’ Valencia GP.
Valencia GP – 15th November. Back on its original date.
Thailand GP – TBC
US GP – TBC
Argentina GP – TBC
Malaysia GP – TBC
Italian GP (Mugello) – Cancelled.
German GP – Cancelled.
Dutch GP – Cancelled.
Finland GP – Cancelled.
British GP – Cancelled.
Jerez – 24/25 October. Originally 28/29 March.
Aragon – 29/30 August. Originally 23/24 May.
France – 3/4 October. Originally 26/27 September. Moved to avoid MotoGP’s new schedule.
Misano – 7/8 November. Originally 13/14 June.
Assen – Postponed. Originally 18/19 April.
Qatar – Cancelled. Originally 13/14 March.
Imola – Cancelled. Originally 9/10 May.
Silverstone – Postponed. Originally 12th April.
Oulton Park – Postponed. Originally 3rd May.
Donington Park – Postponed. Originally 24th May.
Snetterton – Postponed. Originally 21st June.
The entire Indy Lights season has been cancelled for 2020.
Revised dates for IndyCar:
Texas – 6th June. Season scheduled to begin here, race date unchanged.
Indy GP – 4th July. Originally 9th May. Postponed to 4th July NASCAR Cup weekend. NASCAR Xfinity will also race the road course.
Road America x2 – 11th & 12th July double-header. Delayed from 21st June with a make-up race added on the Saturday.
Iowa x2 – 17th & 18th July double-header. Second race added on Friday 17th.
Mid-Ohio – 9th August. Rescheduled by one week from 16th August to make way for Indy 500 qualifying.
Indy 500 – 23rd August. Originally 24th May. Qualifying will be 15th/16th August.
Gateway – 30th August. Originally 23rd August, delayed to make way for Indy.
Portland – 13th September. Originally 6th September.
Laguna Seca – 19th & 20th September double-header. Second race added on Saturday.
Harvest Grand Prix – 3rd October. New event at IMS road course on the bill with the inaugural SRO Intercontinental GT 8 Hours of Indianapolis.
St Pete – 25th October. Originally 15th March.
Barber – Cancelled. Originally 5th April.
Long Beach – Cancelled. Originally 19th April.
Detroit Belle Isle Double-Header – Cancelled. Originally 30th & 31st May.
Richmond – Cancelled. Originally 27th June.
Toronto – Cancelled. Originally 12th July.
NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Trucks
NASCAR has set up a plan to race at tracks local to most of the teams, starting with races at Darlington and Charlotte. The Coke 600 remains in place. The Darlington races will have no effect on the September race. Many of these are replacement races.
Darlington 400 – Cup – Sunday 17th May.
Darlington 200 – Xfinity – Tuesday 19th May.
Darlington 500km – Cup – Wednesday 20th May.
Charlotte Coco-Cola 600 – Cup – Sunday 24th May. This is the original date.
Charlotte 300 – Xfinity – Monday 25th May. Originally 17th May.
Charlotte 200 – Trucks – Tuesday 26th May.
Charlotte 500km – Cup – Wednesday 27th May.
Bristol – Xfinity – Saturday 30th May. Originally 4th April.
Bristol – Cup – Sunday 31st May. Originally 5th April.
Atlanta – Trucks – Saturday 6th June. Originally 13th March.
Atlanta – Xfinity – Saturday 6th June. Originally 14th March.
Atlanta – Cup – Sunday 7th June. Originally 15th March.
Martinsville – Cup – Wednesday 10th June. Originally 10th May.
Homestead – Trucks – 13th June. Originally 20th March.
Homestead – Xfinity – 13th June. Originally 21st March.
Homestead – Xfinity – 14th June. New race.
Homestead – Cup – 14th June. Originally 22nd March.
Talledega – Xfinity – 20th June. Originally 25th April.
Talledega – Cup – 21st June. Originally 26th April.
Texas – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – Postponed. Originally 27-29 March.
Richmond – Cup/Trucks – Postponed. Originally 18-19 April.
Dover – Cup/Xfinity/Trucks – Postponed. Originally 1-3 May.
Martinsville – Cup – Postponed. Originally 9th May.
All-Star – Cancelled. Originally 17th May.
1000 Miles of Sebring – 20th March – Cancelled.
Le Mans Test Day – 31st May – Cancelled.
6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – 25th April – Postponed to 15th August.
24 Hours of Le Mans – 13-14 June – Postponed, rescheduled for 19-20 September (originally the weekend of Spa ELMS).
Bahrain 8 Hours – 5th December – Rescheduled to 21st November and becomes the season finale of the current 2019/20 season. Effectively replaces 2020 Sebring and maintains 8 rounds.
2021/2022 Season – Silverstone, Monza, Fuji and Kylami – All cancelled.
Bahrain moved to current season. Season will start in March.
A new 2021 schedule will be announced a later time and will run in a calendar year as it used to.
Daytona 2h40m – 4th July. New race.
Sebring 2h40m – 18th July. New race.
Mosport is cancelled.
Road America and VIR are unchanged.
Laguna Seca – 6th September. Originally 13th September.
Mid-Ohio – 27th September. Originally 3rd May.
Watkins Glen – 4th October. Originally 28th June
Petit Le Mans – 18th October. Originally 11th October.
Lime Rock – 31st October. Originally 19th July.
12 Hours of Sebring – 14th November. Originally 21st March.
Long Beach – Cancelled. Originally 18th April.
Detroit Belle Isle – Cancelled. Originally 30th May.
ELMS and Le Mans Cup
4h Paul Ricard – 19th July – No change. Becomes Round 1 with pre-season testing at the same venue the week before.
4h Spa-Francorchamps – 9th August. Originally 20th September.
4h Barcelona – 29th August. Originally 5th April.
4h Monza – 11th October. Originally 10th May..
4h Silverstone – Cancelled. Originally 6th September.
Asian Le Mans Series
4h Buriram 1 – 9th January 2021. No change.
4h Buriram 2 – 11th January 2021. New race added just 2 days later.
4h Sepang 1 – 23rd January 2021. No change.
4h Sepang 2 – 26th January 2021. New race added just 3 days later.
4h Suzuka – Cancelled. Originally 29th November 2020.
4h Shanghai – Cancelled. Originally 13th December 2020.
New schedule released in the first week of June, it is totally different all versions released previously and is as follows. All other previously-announced rounds are cancelled.
Spa – 2nd August.
Lausitzring – 16th August.
Lausitzring – 23rd August.
Assen – 6th September.
Nürburging GP – 13th September.
Nürburging Sprint – 20th September.
Zolder – 11th October.
Zolder – 18th October.
Hockenheimring – 8th November.
New 8 round schedule released in the first week of June.
Fuji – 19th July.
Fuji – 9th August.
Suzuka – 23rd August.
Motegi – 20th September.
Fuji – 4th October.
Suzuka – 25th October.
Motegi – 8th November.
Fuji – 29th November.
Suzuka – 14th November (Saturday). Joins the weekend of the existing final round on 15th November for a double-header. Originally 5th April.
Fuji – Postponed, date TBC. Originally 19th April.
Autopolis – Postponed, date TBC. Originally 17th May.
Sugo – Postponed, date TBC. Originally 12st June.
GT World Challenge Europe
Imola 3H (Endurance) – 26th July. New race on the original date of the Spa 24 Hours.
Misano (Sprint) – 9th August. Postponed from 6th July. 3rd 1-hour race added.
Nurburgring 6H (Endurance) – 6th September. Race extended to 6 hours from 3.
Magny-Cours (Sprint) – 13th September. New race.
Zandvoort (Sprint) – 27th September. Postponed from 28th June and replaces the Hungaroring round.
Barcelona (Sprint) – 11th October. 3rd 1-hour race added.
Spa 24H (Endurance & IGTC) – 24th-25th October. Postponed from 25th-26th July.
Paul Ricard 1000km (Endurance) – 14th November. Postponed from 30th May.
Monza 3H (Endurance) – Cancelled. Originally 19th April.
Brands Hatch (Sprint) – Cancelled. Originally 3rd May.
Silverstone 3H (Endurance) – Cancelled. Originally 10th May.
GT World Challenge America
Virginia – 11/12 July – Moved. Was 6/7 June.
Sonoma, Road America, Watkins Glen, Indianapolis – No change and will run on original dates.
Mosport – Cancelled. Was 16/17 May.
GT World Challenge Asia
Sepang – 12/13 September. Rescheduled from March.
Shanghai 888 – 18 October. GTWC Asia’s first 3-hour race.
China – 31 Oct / 1 Nov – New round added, venue not announced.
Sepang – 5/6 December.
Fuji – Cancelled. Was 23/24 May.
Suzuka – Cancelled. Was 21/22 June.
Autopolis – Cancelled. Was 11/12 August.
12H Monza – 28th March – Postponed, rescheduled for 11th July.
A replacement race at Estoril scheduled for 28th March was itself cancelled.
12H Paul Ricard – 11th July – Cancelled and replaced with Monza.
Paul Ricard – 26th April – Postponed to 23rd August.
Sydney – 27-28 June. Moved forward from August and made a day race – the SuperNight format will be used at this venue in December.
Winton – 18-19 July. Originally 6-7 June.
Hidden Valley – 8-9 August. Originally 18-19 July.
Townsville – 29-30 August. Originally 27-28 June.
Sandown – 19-20 September.
Bathurst 1000 – 11 October, no change.
Perth – 31 Oct – 1 Nov. Was 16-17 May.
Symmons Plains – 21-22 November. Originally 4-5 April.
Sydney SuperNight – 5-6 December. New race to replace Newcastle, using the night racing format originally scheduled for August.
Melbourne – Cancelled. Originally 13-15 March.
Hampton Downs – Cancelled. Originally 25-26 April.
The Bend – Cancelled. Originally 19-20 September.
Newcastle – Cancelled. Originally 5-6 December.
Salzburgring – 13th September. 2 races.
Nurburgring Nordschliefe – 26th September. 2 races alongside N24.
Slovakiaring – 11th October. 3 races.
Hungaroring – 18th October. 3 races.
Aragon – 1st November. 3 races.
Adria – 15th November. New venue, 3 races.
Vila Real – Cancelled. Originally 21st June.
Ningbo – Cancelled. Originally 20th September.
Macau – Cancelled. Originally 22nd November.
Sepang – Cancelled. Originally 13th December.
Season due to begin at Donington in August. One Silverstone meeting dropped.
Donington Park – 2nd August. Originally 29th March.
Brands Hatch (Indy) – 9th August. Originally 12th April.
Oulton Park – 23rd August. Originally 14th June.
Knockhill – 30th August. No change. Becomes rounds 10/11/12.
Thruxton – 20th September. Originally 17th May.
Silverstone (National) – 27th September. Originally 26th April. The date at the International track has been rescheduled to the National track. There will only be one visit to Silverstone.
Croft – 11th October. Originally 16th August.
Snetterton – 25th October. Originally 26th June.
Brands Hatch (GP) – 15th November. Originally 11th October.
Oulton Park – 13th April (Easter Monday) – Postponed.
Snetterton – 17th May – Postponed.
Silverstone 500 – 7th June – Postponed.
Donington Park – 21st June – Postponed.
VLN 1 – 21st March – Cancelled.
VLN 2 – 4th April – Cancelled.
VLN 8 – 26th September – Date taken by the rescheduled N24. I’ve not yet seen whether VLN8 will be rescheduled.
WRC World Rally Championship
Currently only three rounds have not been altered, two have been postponed but not yet rescheduled and five have been cancelled. There is talk the WRC may join the European Championship at some events.
Turkey – 24-27 August.
Germany – 15-18 October.
Japan – 19-22 November.
Postponed TBC or Cancelled:
Argentina – Postponed. Was 23-26 April.
Italy – Postponed. Was 4-7 June.
Portugal – Cancelled. Was 20-24 May.
Safari – Cancelled. Was 16-19 July.
Finland – Cancelled. Was 6-9 August.
New Zealand – Cancelled. Was 3-6 September.
Great Britain – Cancelled. Was 29 Oct – 1 Nov.
European Rally Championship
Roma-Capitale – 24-26 July, no change.
Liepāja – 14-16 August, was 29-31 May.
Czech – 28-30 August, no change.
Azores – 17-19 September, was 27-29 March.
Cyprus – 16-18 October, delayed by one week.
Hungary – 6-8 November, no change.
Canary Isles – 26-28 November, was 8-10 May.
Poland – Cancelled.
Sweden – 22-23 August, was 5 July.
Finland – 29-30 August, new round.
Latvia – 19-20 September, no change.
Belgium – 2-4 October, was 17 May.
Portugal – 9-11 October, was 3 May.
Spain – 16-18 October, was 19 April.
UAE – 30-31 October, no change.
Germany – 11-13 December, was 2 August.
Norway – Cancelled.
France – Cancelled.
South Africa – Cancelled.
GatorNationals – 15th March – Postponed.
Las Vegas – 5th April – Postponed.
Nurburgring 24 Hours – 26-27 September. Originally 23-24 May.
N24 Qualifying Race – Cancelled. Originally 25th April.
Goodwood Festival of Speed – Cancelled. Originally 10th-12th July.
Isle of Man TT – Cancelled.
Motorsport UK has cancelled all organising permits until the end of June, meaning no motorsport can take place in the UK until after that date.