The Austrian Grand Prix is a Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile sanctioned auto race which was held in 1964, 1970–1987, and 1997–2003. The Grand Prix returned to the Formula One calendar in 2014.
2020 Austrian Grand Prix (officially known this year as Formula 1 Rolex Großer Preis von Österreich 2020) is a Formula 1 motor race that is programmed to start from 3rd July 2020 to 5th July 2020 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The race is planned to be the opening round of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship and the first of two consecutive races to be held at the Red Bull Ring.
Lewis Hamilton enters the round as the defending World Drivers’ Champion and his team, Mercedes, are the defending World Constructors’ Champions. Max Verstappen is the defending race winner, having won the 2018 and 2019 Austrian Grands Prix.
IMPACT OF CORONA VIRUS ON THE RACE
The first rounds of the 2020 championship were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several Grands Prix were canceled or postponed after the aborted opening round in Australia, prompting the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile to draft a new calendar. The start of the championship was suspended until 5 July, with the Red Bull Ring hosting the Austrian Grand Prix.
Organizers of the race endorsed a contract with Liberty Media, the sport’s commercial rights holder, to host a second round at the circuit on 12 July known as the Styrian Grand Prix. The back-to-back Austrian races will mark the first time that a country hosts back-to-back races in the same season since 1995 when Japan hosted the Pacific and Japanese Grands Prix. This will also mark the first time in the sport’s history that the same venue and circuit layout will have hosted back-to-back World Championship races.
Twenty drivers representing ten teams are due to enter the race. Scuderia AlphaTauri is due to make their debut as a constructor having previously competed under the name Scuderia Toro Rosso. Esteban Ocon is due to return to the championship with Renault. Nicholas Latifi is scheduled to make his competitive debut with Williams.