Formula 1 2020 Season: Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
The coronavirus global pandemic that broke out at the beginning of the year, has caused unprecedented disruption around the globe – which has regrettably had an impact on the 2020 Formula 1 and wider motorsport calendars. Here, BAM F1 clients will find all the latest information regarding the 2020 Formula 1 season, including up to date announcements for postponements, cancellations and rescheduling. Through this period of uncertainty, we would like to assure our customers that we are still dedicated to providing you with a first-class Formula 1 experience. Our bookings team continue to work from home, answering calls and emails to put you at ease and answer any questions you may have.
For postponed or cancelled races, please be assured that your booking will remain valid for the 2021 date, which will be communicated as soon as possible. Alternatively, we would be more than happy to issue a full refund – as we also would for any Grand Prix that is subsequently cancelled.
We are still accepting new bookings and any clients considering purchasing tickets and/or packages for Formula 1 events in 2021. Due to the continually changing situation globally, BAM would like to assure clients that they will never be left out of pocket. Should government-imposed restrictions mean you are unable to travel – either from your country of residence or to the Grand Prix destination country, BAM F1 will offer you a full refund – without delay. So what are you waiting for?
If you are booked to attend a Grand Prix which is cancelled or postponed, BAM F1 will offer you the opportunity to retain your passes for the revised dates – or a full refund. Should the rescheduled dates not be suitable, simply let us know and we will issue a full refund. Book with confidence with BAM F1.
Of course, due to social distancing measures, Formula 1 Paddock Club™ is expected to operate with reduced capacity in 2021. This means that it is essential to book early if you would like to attend any Formula 1 Paddock Club venues in 2021. Rest assured, should the situation change, your booking will be fully refunded without delay by BAM Motorsports. You’ll find a full explanation of adaptations Paddock Club is making to keep its guests safe and answers to frequently answered questions here. We cannot stress the importance of booking early to secure your access to the Formula One Paddock Club™, which is why we are giving our clients the opportunity to reserve their passes now for 2021 with a fully-refundable deposit. Capacity will not only be heavily reduced to accommodate social distancing measures, but priority will be given to F1® sponsors and global partners for Paddock Club allocations. So act quickly.
FORMULA 1 DHL TURKISH GRAND PRIX 2020, will, unfortunately, run behind doors after a U-turn by the government. The season has been guided by a safety-first approach and that will continue to be our priority. Obviously, we were looking forward to welcoming our clients to Istanbul but the situation in the country means this is no longer possible and we fully understand and respect the decision of the Government. Our bookings team have been in touch with all affected clients, with the option to receive a full refund – without delay
After initially announcing their intention to allow spectators, the postponed FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2020 (27th – 29th November) and FORMULA 1 ROLEX SAKHIR GRAND PRIX 2020 (4th – 6th December) will not be allowing spectators. There will, however, be a limited number of grandstand seats allocated for the races for families of frontline health workers and first responders in Bahrain, to recognise their incredible contribution and commitment in responding to the pandemic in the Kingdom.
BAM Motorsports’ exceptional attention to detail, discretion and attentive customer service will not be compromised. That’s why we are offering a no-quibble money-back guarantee to all clients who book F1® tickets for 2021, just as we have done for any bookings made so far in 2020.
Can I book now for 2021?
Yes, absolutely! We all need something to look forward to in 2021. And we’ve got just the ticket: Join us for three unforgettable days at Paddock Club, in the track’s most glamorous spot. Every corner you turn and every minute you spend at a Grand Prix, you’ll discover something new: a heart-stopping encounter with an F1 legend, the smell of new tyres being prepped or the heat of a practice pitstop as you stand just metres from it.Book before November 30th 2020 and enjoy an early bookers saving of $350 per guest. And if you change your mind, you can get a full refund if you cancel your booking before the end of the year.This offer is valid for 2 or 3-day tickets purchased for the following events:
• Austrian Grand Prix 2021
• Hungarian Grand Prix 2021
• Belgian Grand Prix 2021
• French Grand Prix 2021
• Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021
• British Grand Prix 2021
Book with total confidence with BAM. Secure your 2020/21 Formula One Paddock Club™ passes TODAY with a fully-refundable deposit. Call us on +44(0)1442 891500 or email email@example.com
On 24th July 2020, Formula 1 announced Germany’s iconic Nürburgring and Italy’s Imola Circuit would make a welcome return to the Formula 1 calendar for 2020 – 9th-11th October and 30th October – 1st November respectively. Whilst Portugal’s Portimao circuit will also hold its very first Formula 1 Grand Prix on from 23rd-25th October.
Both Nürburgring and Imola have hosted a wealth of unforgettable motorsport moments over the years, and while their names may be familiar amongst F1 fans, the track action will almost certainly be unpredictable.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe, Formula 1 have confirmed that it will not be possible to race in Brazil, USA, Mexico and Canada this season. BAM guests with existing bookings for these races will be contacted by our reservations team to discuss their options – including a full refund.
Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said: “We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola to the revised calendar. We want to thank the promoters, the teams, and the FIA for their full support in our efforts to bring our fans exciting racing this season during an unprecedented time. We also want to pay tribute to our incredible partners in the Americas and look forward to being back with them next season when they will once again be able to thrill millions of fans around the world.”
We are currently awaiting further details from Formula 1 regarding spectators at the newly-announced races. Any clients hoping to secure tickets for this event should sign up to our Formula 1 newsletter or complete a Booking Form and we will update you when we have clarification on the situation. We look forward to welcoming you to a Grand Prix in the not so distant future.
Earlier today, Formula 1 announced the addition of Mugello and Sochi to the revised 2020 Formula 1 calendar.
Italy’s spectacular Mugello circuit is owned by Ferrari, and it’s first ever F1 event – set for September 11-13, is set to be a celebration in more ways than one, given it will mark the Scuderia’s 1000th race in the world championship. The FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DEL LA TOSCANA FERRARI 1000 weekend will follow on from the Italian Grand Prix at Monza the previous weekend.
We are currently awaiting further details from Formula 1 regarding spectators at the FORMULA 1 VTB RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX 2020, scheduled for it’s original date of 25th-27th September 2020. Any clients hoping to secure tickets for this event should sign up to our newsletter and we will update you when we have clarification on the situation. We hope the latest additions to the F1 calendar mean that BAM will be able to welcome you to a Grand Prix in the not so distant future.
Formula 1 has this morning confirmed the 2020 Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix have been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from F1 said: “As a result of the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, we and our promoters in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have taken the decision to cancel their races for the 2020 season.
“These decisions have been taken due to the different challenges our promoters face in those countries. In Singapore and Azerbaijan the long lead times required to construct street circuits made hosting the events during a period of uncertainty impossible and in Japan, ongoing travel restrictions also led to the decision not to proceed with the race.
“At the same time we have made significant progress with existing and new promoters on the revised calendar and have been particularly encouraged by the interest that has been shown by new venues in hosting a Formula 1 race during the 2020 season.
“We appreciate this is still a time of uncertainty and complexity around the world and will continue to ensure we proceed with the 2020 season in a cautious and flexible way. We have detailed and robust safety plans in place to ensure we begin our season in the safest possible way.”
A revised calendar, which will follow on from the opening eight rounds announced last week, is expected to be published before the season begins in Austria on July 5th 2020.
In the meantime, F1’s motorsports chief Ross Brawn has offered some insight into how the second half of the season is coming together:
“Things are moving fast, but we still have time,” he said. “We have lots of different options and we’re very confident we’re going to have a great second half of the season.
“There is a contingency to have an extended European season with another one or two races if needed. I think Bahrain and Abu Dhabi will be the backstop of the season from what we can see at the moment. That gives us 10. We’ll find at least five or six good races in the middle.”
Brawn also revealed other European tracks are being evaluated, with the likes of Ferrari-owned Mugello, Imola, Portimao, and Hockenheim all understood to be under consideration.
BAM clients with booking for any of the three cancelled races will be contacted in due course to discuss the options available – including a full refund.
Today, Formula 1 delivered the news many of us had been waiting for: how the 2020 Formula 1 season will look. F1 revealed details on the first eight races of a new calendar, which starts in Austria next month.
The season will begin at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on July 5, followed a week later by a second race at the same track.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will conclude the first European triple header, followed by a break before the championship heads to Silverstone for two back-to-back races in the UK, which will be followed by the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona the weekend after. Drivers and crew will have a weekend off before the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 30th, with the Italian Grand Prix at Monza a week later on September 6.
Understandably, F1 expects the above races to be closed events. However, they expect to publish the details of the full calendar in the coming weeks with an expectation of having a total of 15-18 races before completing the season in December, some of which we hope to welcome our clients to as soon as it is safe.
Be the first to know any updated to the 2020 F1 season, by signing up to BAM’s Formula 1 Newsletter here: https://mailchi.mp/bamf1/sign-up
Please see details of the opening eight rounds of the Formula 1 2020 season below:
|Formula 1 Rolex Grosser Preis von Osterreich||The Red Bull Ring, Austria||July 3-5|
|Formula 1 Pirelli Grosser Preis der Steiermark||The Red Bull Ring, Austria||July 10-12|
|Formula 1 Aramco Magyar Nagydij||The Hungaroring, Hungary||July 17-19|
|Formula 1 Pirelli British Grand Prix||Silverstone, UK||July 31 – August 2|
|Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix||Silverstone, UK||August 7-9|
|Formula 1 Aramco Gran Premio de Espana||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain||August 14-16|
|Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix||Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium||August 28-30|
|Formula 1 Gran Premio Heineken d’Italia||Monza, Italy||September 4-6|
Today, the organisers of the 2020 Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix took the difficult decision to delay Zandvoort’s return to the calendar until next year, rather than pursuing a fan-less Grand Prix. The 2020 running of the Dutch Grand Prix would have been the first time since 1985 – until next year.
BAM clients who chose to carrying their booking forward following the initial postponement will be contacted by our bookings team in the coming days to discuss their option – which includes receiving a full refund.
After months of cancellations and postponement announcements, last week we saw the most promising news come out of the tight-lipped Formula One Management camp – it was the glimmer of hope that F1 fans around the globe needed! As Autosport announced, a draft provisional calendar, given to the F2 and F3 teams that support F1, had been leaked. The season looks set to begin with two double-header rounds in Austria which Formula 1 is hoping to run on the 5 July and 12 July weekends, followed by rounds at Silverstone on the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August. A triple-header of European events which would run behind closed doors – without any fans in attendance, would start with the two weekends at Silverstone followed by a weekend at Hungary’s Hungaroring.
Autosport also suggested that a second triple header consisting of races at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spa-Francorchamps and Monza are set to span the end of August and the start of September, with F1 potentially visiting Azerbaijan’s capital Baku and then Sochi at the end of the month.
Home of the Formula 1 German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, although not part of the original 2020 season line-up, is apparently on standby to step in if needed – and could replace Silverstone if no deal can be concluded with the British Grand Prix venue. Formula 1 looks set to end their compressed 2020 season with rounds in Bahrain (rescheduled from March) and Abu Dhabi in December, with two races in Bahrain expected.
You may have noticed that the Dutch, Canadian and Singapore Grands Prix are all missing from this speculative version of the 2020 F1 schedule. Although we have no news from the promoters of the Dutch and Canadian Grands Prix, Singapore GP Pte has updated us with the following:
“The Formula 1 calendar for the 2020 season is currently being finalised and Singapore GP has been maintaining an open dialogue with Formula 1, the Singapore Government, and our stakeholders during this time, to assess different possibilities.
Singapore GP is also working closely with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and various government agencies on the circuit setup timeline. As the street circuit requires considerable temporary infrastructure, sufficient lead time to complete the construction of the various components must be factored in. Works typically require 3 months to complete, and this will be predicated on whether such activities are permitted under the prevailing government regulations.
We will continue to keep a close watch on developments. Our utmost priority remains the well-being and safety of our fans, staff, volunteers, and all Singaporeans.”
Please be aware that the above information is, unfortunately, speculative, but we do hope to share a confirmed Formula 1 calendar with our existing and future clients at the earliest possible opportunity. Follow BAM F1 on social media to stay up to date with any developments to the 2020 F1 season: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the promoter of the Formula 1® French Grand Prix, which was due to take place on 26-28th June, has acknowledged that the 2020 edition of the event cannot take place following the instructions of the French government. Please see the latest statement from GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet regarding the situation.
All affected clients have been contacted by our bookings team and we look forward to welcoming you to another race when the 2020 Formula 1 season finally gets underway or in the near future. We would like to assure clients that they will receive a full refund for any existing bookings, and we hope you will choose BAM F1 again.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Formula 1® Canadian Grand Prix 2020, due to take place on 12-14 June, has been postponed. Please see the latest statement from the FIA Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix promoter regarding the postponement.
As already communicated by our bookings team, we would like to assure clients that their existing bookings will be valid for the rescheduled date, which will be communicated as soon as possible. Alternatively, BAM F1 clients can claim a full refund. Any clients considering purchasing tickets and/or packages for the Canadian Grand Prix can do so safe in the knowledge that they have the opportunity to cancel their booking and obtain a full refund should the events dates be unsuitable.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Formula 1® Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020, due to take place on 5-7 June, has been postponed. Please see the latest statement from Baku City Circuit (BCC) regarding the postponement.
As already communicated by our bookings team, we would like to assure clients that their existing bookings will be valid for the rescheduled date, which will be communicated as soon as possible. Alternatively, BAM F1 clients can claim a full refund. Any clients considering purchasing tickets and/or packages for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix can do so safe in the knowledge that they have the opportunity to cancel their booking and obtain a full refund should the events dates be unsuitable.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Formula 1® Monaco Grand Prix 2020 has been cancelled. It had earlier been announced that the race had been postponed, but the ACM have since clarified that “with great sadness” the race will be cancelled. Please see the latest statement from the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) regarding the cancellation.
The announcement by Automobile Club de Monaco is particularly frustrating for us at BAM as we were so excited to host both new and existing clients at the incredible Shangri-La rooftop terrace. All affected clients have been contacted by our bookings team and we look forward to making Monaco 2021 even better for our clients. We would like to assure clients that they will receive a full refund for any existing bookings, and we hope you will choose BAM F1 again in 2020 – alternatively we hope to help you experience the very best of the Monaco Grand Prix in 2021.
In view of the continued global spread of COVID-19 and after ongoing discussions with Formula 1 and the three promoters, it has today been confirmed that the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix 2020, Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix 2020 and Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 2020 will be postponed. Please see the latest statement from the FIA regarding the postponement. While this is obviously frustrating for our clients, we look forward to sharing the new-look F1 calendar for 2020 once it is safe to go racing once again..
As already communicated by our bookings team, we would like to assure clients that their existing bookings will be valid for the rescheduled date, which will be communicated as soon as possible. Alternatively, BAM F1 clients can claim a full refund. Any clients considering purchasing tickets and/or packages for the postponed races can do so safe in the knowledge that they have the opportunity to cancel their booking and obtain a full refund should the events dates be unsuitable.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Formula 1® Vinfast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020 and Formula 1® Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix have been postponed. Please see the following statement from the FIA regarding the postponement. Here at BAM, we share our client’s frustration, particularly given the anticipation and excitement surrounding the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix. Although disappointing, this decision ultimately means we can deliver the outstanding service and unforgettable experiences that our clients expect from us, without jeopardising the health and well-being of anyone.
As already communicated by our bookings team, we would like to assure clients that their existing bookings will be valid for the rescheduled date, which will be communicated as soon as possible. Alternatively, BAM F1 clients can claim a full refund. Any clients considering purchasing tickets and/or packages for the Vietnam or Bahrian Grands Prix can do so safe in the knowledge that they have the opportunity to cancel their booking and obtain a full refund should the events dates be unsuitable.
The FIA and Formula 1, with the full support of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) have taken the decision that all Formula 1 activity for the Australian Grand Prix is cancelled as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the joint statement from the FIA, Formula 1 and AGPC regarding the cancellation.
We, at BAM Motorsports, would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to our clients for the late notice given regarding the cancellation. We hope you can appreciate that whilst we were eager to update our client’s on the situation, we too were waiting for an official update to be communicated from the promoter. As already communicated by our bookings team, we would like to assure clients that we are currently awaiting funds to be released from the Victorian State Government. We understand this will occur from 6th April 2020. We appreciate your patience in this matter and we hope you will choose BAM F1 again in the future. Should you have any further questions relating to your refund, please contact our booking team via email at sales@bamf1com.
Although disappointing, we hope this decision will ultimately benefit the overall health of the F1 community in the long run.
In view of the continued spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports, the Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, has officially requested that the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix be postponed. Please see the latest statement from the FIA regarding the postponement.
As already communicated by our bookings team, we would like to assure clients that their existing bookings will be valid for the rescheduled date, which will be communicated as soon as possible. Alternatively, BAM F1 clients can claim a full refund. Any clients considering purchasing tickets and/or packages for the Chinese Grand Prix can do so safe in the knowledge that they have the opportunity to cancel their booking and obtain a full refund should the events dates be unsuitable.