How ‘rookie-friendly’ Red Bull Ring helped save F1 2020

The Red Bull Ring is noted for its relatively simple layout, which will come as a boost to the sole rookie driver on the 2020 Formula 1 grid. But it has other benefits that were crucial to getting the season going against the tragic backdrop of COVID-19.

As the running gets underway at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, it’s worth considering how important the name above the door at the Red Bull Ring has been to getting the 2020 Formula 1 season going.

By mid-April, the COVID-19 pandemic had forced the cancellation or postponement of 10 races – each loss a blow to anyone missing F1 action and the joyful break it offers from ‘normal’ life, which has of course been utterly disrupted for so many.

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