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Formula One confirm three new GPs at Nurburgring, Portimao and Imola this year but USA, Brazil, Mexico and Canada AXED

FORMULA ONE have confirmed that three more European races have been added to extend the 2020 season.

The iconic Nurburgring will host a German Grand Prix, while Portimao will feature the return of the Portuguese GP before Italy’s third race will take place in Imola.

Lewis Hamilton last raced at the iconic Nurburgring German Grand Prix back in 2013

F1 chairman Chase Carey said: “We are pleased that we continue to make strong progress in finalising our plans for the 2020 season and are excited to welcome Nurburgring, Portimao 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.”

Races in Brazil, the USA, Mexico and Canada have all been axed “due to the fluid nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local restrictions and the importance of keeping communities and our colleagues safe”.

Carey added: “We 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.”

The heavily revised Formula One schedule is currently booked up until September 27.

Mugello in Italy and Sochi in Russia were announced as the first additions to the initial eight-race calendar.

But now there will be at least 13 Grands Prix with the confirmation of the latest three races for the October/November slate which would normally be occupied by the USA, Japan and Mexico.

Lewis Hamilton and Co will return to the Nurburgring for the first time in seven years on October 9-11.

Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 edition, with Germany only hosting three races since then and all of them have taken place at the Hockenheimring.

Portimao meanwhile is expected to have a limited number of fans in attendance for its F1 debut on October 23-25.

The Algarve track has never hosted a Formula One race, with cars in Portugal racing at the Estoril circuit during the 1980s.

As for Imola, Italy’s third race of the season will take place on October 31-November 1.

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