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The Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is set to take place in December as part of a mini Middle East F1 tour.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is traditionally the last race of the year for the F1 calendar. But with the 2020 season currently still to start due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the whole season has been switched around.

The new plan is for the Austrian GP to be the season-opener at the start of July. The new line up keeps travelling to a minimum, meaning all the European legs take place after each other during July and August.

September, October and November will feature races in Asia, Eurasia and the Americas before the Middle East edition.

The season will then end with Grand Prix races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December.

The F1 plan

The news was announced by Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1.

“We still have to work out many issues like the procedures for the teams and our other partners to enter and operate in each country. The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority one and we will only go forward if we are confident we have reliable procedures to address both risks and possible issues,” Carey said.

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