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F1 ready to unveil eight-race European start to season from 5 July

  • Two British meetings pencilled in for Silverstone
  • Plan depends partly on UK government quarantine decision

Formula One has mapped out a blueprint for an eight-race, behind-closed-doors European leg to kick off the season, the Guardian can reveal. The plan – drawn up by the sport’s owner, Liberty Media – is likely to be announced next week, although with the caveat that a second coronavirus wave in the UK could wipe out any chance of racing taking place across the continent.

Liberty’s blueprint would involve a 5 July start for the 2020 season, with two grands prix in Austria, followed by another two at Silverstone, and then one in Budapest. Hockenheim or Barcelona would then open a triple-header with Spa and Monza to follow running from August into September. There are no plans for a return of the Dutch GP.

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