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Insight: When F1's season last opened in Europe

The official postponement of the Canadian Grand Prix has raised the prospect of the 2020 Formula 1 season getting underway in Europe. It remains to be seen if and when the 2020 campaign can get going, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but assuming it can begin this side of the autumnal equinox then it is highly likely to commence in Europe. Not only are the first scheduled events currently France, Austria, Britain, Hungary, Belgium and Italy, but any rearranged calendar is thought unlikely to begin with a flyaway event – given widespread restrictions and uncertainty over travel. For the last 50 years the Formula 1 teams, all based in Europe, have faced lengthy flights for the...
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