F1 2020: From Longest Off-Season To Most-Cramped Calendar?

A Mercedes F1 car races as the sport experiments with race formats to maximise the F1 2020 calendar
F1 2020 calendar & races: clockwise, anti-clockwise, Grand Slams, 2020-21 super season, TV-only/fan-free – quadruple header? Non-weekend races? Here’s a host of unusual experiments we’d love to see in the 2020 Formula 1 season. 

In these unprecedented times, could Formula 1 run unusual experiments in 2020? The obvious suggestions have been running races clockwise/anti-clockwise or running ‘Grand Slam’ races or even a 2020-21 super season. But could Formula 1 also explore more off-beat options? How about racing on a non-weekend day? Okay, if that’s doesn’t make the cut with you, would a quadruple header do? After the longest off-season in recent times, we wouldn’t mind the most-cramped F1 calendar ever in history either.

Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, we foresee Liberty Media turning into a race promoter this season to host ‘TV-only’ or ‘fan-free’ races (mark our words!). Could the French Grand Prix be offered a surprise promotion in 2020 despite delivering a miserable race in 2019? Would the Virtual Grands Prix be as much fun without the driver banter? We explain the dilemma behind the to-be lowered budget caps and we guess the four teams that Zak Brown thinks could face extinction in 2020. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 13)

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Here’s what’s in store for you in this episode:

0:00-3:00 – The 2020 Canadian Grand Prix has been cancelled. Will France, Austria or Silverstone host the opening round of the season?

3:00-6:00 – An unexpected resurrection + promotion could be coming up for the French Grand Prix in 2020, unless this race gets cancelled, too

6:00-9:00 – Formula 1 should run unusual ‘Grand Prix Experiments’ in 2020. Hear our list that includes – a quadruple header? A non-Sunday race day? (ReadNew F1 Regulations In 2022: But Will Things Really Change?)

9:00-12:00 – A ‘TV-only’ or ‘fan-free’ race might be a wise in-between solution for Formula 1 to host races in 2020. But it’s not as simple as organising a race and not selling tickets! (Read: F1 2020: Let’s Race Twice At…?)

12:00-15:00 Will Liberty Media go from being rights holders to race promoters in 2020? There’s millions of television viewers waiting for a live sporting event. Which sport will get there first?

15:00-18:00 – Is it the Virtual Grand Prix that’s fun or the banter between the drivers? We’re sure it’s the latter (Read: F1 2020: Mix Of Virtual + Race Grands Prix)

18:00-21:00 – The dilemma behind Formula 1’s lower budget caps – we explain how customer teams could get to spend more than the manufacturer teams

21:00-end – We guess the four Formula 1 teams that Zak Brown believes could be in danger of extinction in 2020

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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