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Russian Grand Prix Venue Open to Hosting Two Grand Prix

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2020 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix organisers have said that they are open to hosting double header of Grand Prix.

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a halt to the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, some races have been cancelled or postponed, meaning the record breaking twenty-two race calendar would be shortened.

Recently the first eight races of the rescheduled season have announced, with it set to begin at the Red Bull Ring with a double header set at the track.

The Sochi Autodrom in Russia has emerged as a possibly hosting two races. A report in German publication Auto Motor Und Sport, revealed that Formula 1 is suggesting to keep the rest of the calendar flexible, as the coronavirus pandemic still allows for uncertainty, in different countries.

The report, also suggested, Imola, Mugello Circuit or Hockenheim Circuit could take up spaces in the season. This is due to the strong possibility which the 2020 Singapore Grand Prix, 2020 Japanese Grand Prix and the 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix will not go ahead.

Sochi is being considered due to the location of the circuit. As the distance from the airport is good, which means the teams can all isolate from the outside world.

When speaking to Motorsport.com, Russian GP promoters Rosgonki confirmed that discussions were underway with Formula 1 about hosting two Grand Prix and the exact format which will the Grand Prix would be held in.

 “Currently, we are working with colleagues from Formula 1 on various options for holding the Russian Grand Prix. This applies to both the format of the weekend and the number of races.

If necessary, we do not exclude the possibility of holding two rounds. Sochi has an excellent modern infrastructure that our partners appreciate. In terms of organisation, the Rosgonki team is ready for several racing weekends in Sochi.

The final format of the race will be determined after additional consultations with experts and analysis of the current situation with coronavirus.”

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