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ByReuters
02/06/2020 at 11:33 | Updated 02/06/2020 at 13:41

Formula One announced on Tuesday it would start its delayed season in Austria on July 5 with eight races in Europe over the space of 10 weeks.

It will be the first time Austria's Red Bull Ring has hosted a season-opener. Races will also be held without spectators and with more than one grand prix at the same circuit.

"We take on this challenge unique in the history of F1, and we are looking forward to both weekends. Spielberg will see exciting races -- and therefore send a strong sign of feasibility to the whole world," said Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said: "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."

Horner's Racing Point counterpart Otmar Szafnauer echoed the sentiment, with a n element of caution. He said: "While clearly it won’t be the same without the fans in the grandstands -- and we’ll sorely miss their enthusiasm and support -- it’s entirely sensible to start the season behind closed doors."

Haas driver Romain Grosjean said: "We're going to go racing. That's awesome. Very happy to hear that we finally get some dates and we can go racing... I can't wait to go racing, to see the team again, feel the car... it's going to be a bit different than it was before for a little while but we go racing."

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The 2020 season was supposed to get underway on March 15 in Australia. The Grand Prix was cancelled just hours before the drivers began their first practice session due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The new plan for the season kicks off on the same day that Austria was supposed to play host originally.

Provisional F1 2020 calendar

July 5: Spielberg, Austria

July 12: Spielberg, Austria

July 19: Budapest Hungary

August 2: Silverstone, Great Britain

August 9: Silverstone, Great Britain

August 16: Barcelona, Spain

August 30: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

September 6: Monza, Italy

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