There Will Be No German Grand Prix in 2020

The F1 season grows to 22 races for 2020, with races in Vietnam and the Netherlands, but not Germany. Here's the full calendar.

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Formula 1 has revealed its race calendar for the 2020 season just before this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. The schedule grows to 22 races in total—one more than 2019, and sees a total of seven back-to-back race weekends. And one notable absence.

As with last year, the season will begin in mid-March in Australia, and end in November in Abu Dhabi. The biggest change is the addition of a Vietnam Grand Prix, a street race will take place on April 5th in the country's capital city of Hanoi. It will be the first time F1 will race in the country, and it makes Vietnam the 34th country to ever host an F1 race.

A Dutch Grand Prix has also been added to the calendar, to be held at the Zandvoort circuit. The German Grand Prix has been dropped for the 2020 season. This year's German GP, held at Hockenheim, was funded by a sponsorship from Mercedes, but Autosport reports that the company decided not to do the same thing for next year. Without that extra cash, Hockenheim was taken off the calendar, though a German GP could return somewhere else in the future. F1 also notes that contracts for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza have yet to be finalized, so that could be subject to change. Here's the full calendar:

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In other F1 news, former Force India driver Esteban Ocon has been picked up by Renault to drive alongside teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the 2020 season, replacing Nico Hulkenberg. Ocon was dropped for Lance Stroll in 2019, and took on the roll as a reserve driver at Mercedes in the 2019 season. Mercedes has also resigned Valtteri Bottas for another year, meaning he'll stay alongside five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton for 2020.

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