OXFORDSHIRE’S Formula 1 teams are set to officially discover when the 2020 season will finally begin.

An eight-race European calendar will be announced tomorrow morning, which includes back-to-back races at Silverstone on August 2 and 9.

A double-header at Austria’s Spielberg circuit is due to kick-off the campaign on July 5 and 12, almost four months after the season-opener in Australia was cancelled.

It comes after the government made elite sports events in the UK exempt from the quarantine period for international travellers arriving in the UK, which is due to begin on June 8.

An F1 spokesperson said: “We welcome the government’s efforts to ensure elite sport can continue to operate and their support for our return to racing.

“We will maintain a close dialogue with them in the coming weeks as we prepare to start our season in the first week of July.”

The back-to-back events in Austria are set to be followed by the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 19.

Races in Spain, Belgium and Italy are expected to take place after the double-header at Silverstone.

Meanwhile, Renault reopened their Enstone factory today after 63 days of mandatory shutdown.

The “vast majority” of personnel at the west Oxfordshire base had been placed on the government’s furlough scheme until the end of May.

Grove-based Williams – who were put up for sale on Friday after announcing losses of £13m in 2019 – and Haas, which has a factory in Banbury, also took advantage of the scheme.