AGENCIES, London: Due to the coronavirus fallout, Formula 1 racing hasn’t been able to open its account on race circuits as the races scheduled for the 2020 season have been cancelled. And most likely, this hibernation will end in July for racing aficionados.
However, there’s a catch. Teams will participate at race tracks in the designated countries and drivers will fight for championship points. And teams will battle it out for the Constructor’s prize. The only thing that will be missing will be the crowds.
F1 Motorsport managing director Ross Brawn said it was a “kind of biosphere” which would factor in all the specifics associated with Covid-19 guidelines.
F1 aims to start the championship with consecutive races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on 5 and 12 July.
“We’re working our way through all the requirements to make sure we operate in a safe environment,” Brawn said.
Brawn, who was talking on an official F1 podcast, said that re-starting a season that has been thrown into disarray by the coronavirus crisis was a “massive logistical challenge” but that “it is all going to be done properly, there will be no risk taken and it will all be done in the correct way”.
Brawn said: “Unfortunately it will be without fans, which is a great shame, but we still feel we can take the race out to all the fans who watch us on TV and other means.
“It’s important for us to try and get the season going. [There are] many reasons for wanting to start the season.
“One is obviously to excite the fans, who have all been frustrated by the delays. We’ve got a very exciting season in front of us. But it’s a very important livelihood for thousands of people, it’s another reason for trying to kick-start the season.”
He said that the need to ensure the sport created no added medical risk in running events was one of the issues pushing it towards its current plan to have two races at both Austria and Silverstone on consecutive weekends in July.
“It’s also pretty challenging to find the right sort of races early on where we can control the environment well enough.
“Austria fits that bill very well. It’s got a local airport right next to the circuit, where people can charter planes into. It’s not too close to a metropolis, it has a great infrastructure around it.
“There will be no motorhomes, but there will be a full catering facility laid on that the circuit has. So we can basically contain everyone within that environment. Therefore once we’re there, it’s appealing to have another race the following week.”
It is unclear to where the season would head next in Europe after the races in Austria and Silverstone. Spain and Hungary are possible next venues should all go as planned.