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F1 season to get underway in Austria 5 and 12 July

4 June 2020

After a long-anticipated wait, Formula 1 has confirmed that the 2020 season will get underway with back-to-back races at our home circuit, the Red Bull Ring in Austria, on 5 and 12 July.

The season will start with three historic firsts – Red Bull Ring will host the opening race of a Formula 1 season for the first time, two races will be held at the same circuit on consecutive weekends and to ensure the safety of all involved, the event will be closed to spectators. The “Formula 1” Rolex Großer Preis von Österreich” is to open the season on 5 July, while the “Formula 1 Pirelli Großer Preis der Steiermark” is to follow on 12 July.

The Red Bull Ring has implemented a number of strict measures to meet the requirements of the authorities and to ensure we resume racing in the safest possible way. Those measures include closing the circuit to spectators, regular testing, comprehensive hygiene measures and a size reduction in F1 teams and organisational staff.

Max Verstappen in Austria 2019. Picture: Red Bull Content

“We take on this challenge unique in the history of F1, and we are looking forward to both weekends,” said Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of Reb Bull energy drink. “Spielberg will see exciting races – and therefore send a strong sign of feasibility to the whole world.”

Red Bull has pulled out all the stops to get the Austrian Grand Prix up and running, in order to support a safe start to the Formula 1 season,” said Christian Horner, team principal of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 team. “It’s a fantastic venue and we are pleased to be starting our championship campaign at our home circuit. It has been a huge effort by all involved and the two events at the Red Bull Ring will be a blueprint for all other races to follow. There was obviously a huge amount of discussion behind the scenes with Liberty, the FIA and the local authorities to ensure that returning to racing is done responsibly and we all have our part to play in order to enforce the measures in place.

“With the first eight races of the calendar now confirmed we have some positive momentum. As a race team and racers, we are excited to get going again and put on a show for our fans.”

Chase Carey, CEO Formula 1, emphasises the importance of the new beginning: It is exciting that Formula 1 is returning and we are looking forward to starting the season with two races in Austria. With the Red Bull Ring we have an excellent partner on our side. We are working together to bring F1 back with the highest possible security measures for the fans. We are of course looking forward to the racing and excitement on the race track, but we are also considering what else we can do as an international sport for the regions where we are guests. During the Covid19 crisis, thousands of people around the world have done great things. We want to highlight and celebrate those deeds!

Red Bull Racing driver Pierre Gasly in Austria 2019. Picture: Red Bull Content

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