Carey hints F1 will lose two current races in 2020

09-05-2019 19:30 | Updated: 09-05-2019 21:59
by Bobby Vincent
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Carey hints F1 will lose two current races in 2020

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey has revealed there is a high chance of the competition losing two of its current races by the time the next season begins.

Vietnam has already been confirmed to join the F1 calendar for the 2020 season, with a deal to bring back a Dutch Grand Prix to Zandvoort very close.

Carey didn't name the specific venues that would be eliminated from the schedule, and he also indicated that two deals have been struck with circuits who see its contract run out this year.

Monza has already suggested it is close to extending its contract in the sport, which means Silverstone, Hockenheim, Mexico and Barcelona are all seeing their contracts run out - with the latter widely speculated to be dropped from the calendar.

"We're in the process of finalising our 2020 race calendar," Carey said, as quoted by Motorsport.com. "We have agreements in principle on two renewals, and are actively engaged on three other renewals.

"In addition we have already announced our race in Hanoi, and construction has begun on the track and facilities.

"It will be a street course that is one of the most unique and challenging race tracks in the world, with 22 corners and a couple of long straightaways, the design of which we have been intimately involved with. I was in Hanoi a few weeks ago, and the excitement was palpable.

"In addition to Hanoi, we also have an agreement in principle to add another new circuit to our calendar in 2020. We've not finalised the number of races in 2020, but we currently expect it to be 21, the same as 2019.

"Obviously the math means that we will not be able to renew all our current races."

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