With coronavirus heavily impacting the Formula 1 calendar and reshuffling all races, we decided to consider the potential implications of a shortened season as uncertainty continues to brew.  

F1’s chiefs remain determined to stage between 15 to 18 races before the end of the year, and insist they are confident about plans to kickstart the 2020 season in early July with a string of behind closed door European rounds starting in Austria following the delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, given the unpredictable nature and fluidity of the COVID-19 crisis, which has already scuppered the opening 10 races already, it could become difficult for the championship to nail down any firm plans. 

The situation has also been complicated by national permissions on travel, as well as social distancing and lockdown restrictions which are being enforced across the globe. 

At present, the likelihood of F1 being able to get through its target of 15-18 races appears optimistic. 

Although, holding as many races as possible will naturally remain at the top of F1’s agenda - given the financial incentives that come with the revenue received through hosting fees, broadcast and sponsorship deals - however, only eight races are required to validate a world championship season. 

Many unknowns continue to remain over exactly when and how the 2020 F1 season will take shape, but with the majority of the grid familiar to an expanded calendar featuring 20 races, a shortened season would certainly provide a new test. 

What are your thoughts on a shortened F1 season for 2020? Do you believe we will go racing this year? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and subscribe to Crash for more motorsport content.

 

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