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A record-breaking 23-race calendar is set for next season of Formula 1 show and almost all the venues were confirmed last month but one – that is round 4. Initially, to make an appearance in 2020, the Vietnamese Grand Prix, was set to be an exciting new venue beside the Dutch Grand Prix. Although the race at Zandvoort will make an appearance this year, the same cannot be said for Hanoi Street Circuit, following a major corruption scandal earlier this year.

Since the cancellation, F1 has been searching for an alternative, keeping the original calendar in place. Several circuits featuring in this year’s edition of the most prestigious category of motorsport have been rumoured to be interested in stepping in, among them Istanbul Park and Portimao.

However, it would seem that finally, a clear favourite has emerged: Imola. After a 14-year absence, the iconic Italian circuit of Dino and Enzo Ferrari has returned for the ever-strange season of 2020. But, just for once. Or so it seemed until only recently as the track is rumoured to be the frontrunner for the spot. That would reestablish the circuit as an opening race of the year in Europe which is often held when it played host to the San Marino Grand Prix between 1981 and 2006.


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Tim Kodermac

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