Austria's Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will play host to the first race of the season, which otherwise would have been the 11th race on the normal calendar.
Lewis Hamilton began his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title by topping the times on Friday as Formula One roared back with a full day’s practice for the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton will begin his bid for a record-equalling seventh formula One world title, feeling “lonely and uninspired”. The 35-year-old Briton gets the season underway in Austria on July 5
In rows of well-spaced vehicles, students and their families lined up on Wednesday evening in front of the main podium of Bahrain International Circuit, where Grand Prix races are held.
The world might have come to a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak, but there is some positive news as former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is set to become a father at 89 as wife Fabiana Flosi is expecting a son in July.
The race is expected to join nine other grands prix that have already been cancelled or postponed this season as Formula One grapples with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hamilton, who began go-karting as a child and has risen through the ranks of motorsport, said he misses racing daily after the F1 season failed to get underway.
According to leading neurosurgeon Erich Riederer said the seven-time Formula One champion is ‘awake but not responding’.
The six-time world champion and current standings leader has always drawn energy from the big crowds that support him at Silverstone, but this year's event will be run behind closed doors in front of empty grandstands.