Austria set to host Formula 1 season openers in July

The Red Bull Ring, Austria
The Red Bull Ring in Austria is set to host the opening race of the 2020 F1 season

Austria's government has approved hosting Formula 1's season-opening races in July, according to reports.

The races, scheduled for 5 and 12 July, will take place behind closed doors at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

The 2020 season was due to start in Australia in March, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of that race and a further nine more.

If the Austria races run successfully, the F1 season could continue on 19 July in Budapest, Hungary.

Silverstone agreed a deal for two grands prix to be held at the British track in August.

F1 bosses are still putting together a revised calendar for this season.

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