Spiel­berg to host de­layed sea­son opener

Arab News - - Sport News - AFP

Seven months after they last com­peted in earnest, the For­mula One cir­cus will push a post-lock­down re­set but­ton to open the 2020 sea­son in Aus­tria on Sunday.

The event at Spiel­berg is be­ing held on its orig­i­nal cal­en­dar date, but is not the once-an­tic­i­pated 11th round of the cham­pi­onship, but the first — a sea­son-opener de­layed by the global coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

More than three months after the Aus­tralian Grand Prix was aban­doned on the eve of open­ing prac­tice in Mel­bourne, the race in the Styr­ian Alps will be run be­hind closed doors, with­out fans, spon­sors’ agents and guests and only a hand­ful of re­porters re­stricted to the me­dia cen­ter.

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