French Grand Prix cancelled, no F1 races till July at earliest

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The French Grand Prix has been cancelled as a result of coronavirus pandemic, which means Method One’s season is unlikely to start till July on the earliest.

Earlier this month the the nation’s president, Emmanuel Macron, mentioned the continued coronavirus pandemic would possible lengthen France’s ban on public occasions till mid-July. The Paul Ricard circuit within the south of France was as a result of host the race on June 28.

The Austrian Grand Prix of July 5 is the following possible place to begin of the yr. The Pink Bull Ring hopes to carry an occasion behind closed doorways.

Initially it had been hoped Paul Ricard, which boasts 167 configurations and its personal airstrip, might maintain a behind-closed-doors race to kick off the season. Nonetheless, given the quantity of individuals required to carry an F1 race, organisers deemed this unimaginable.

Circuit boss Eric Boullier, the previous staff boss of McLaren, mentioned: “Given the evolution of the scenario linked to the unfold of the Covid-19 virus, the French Grand Prix takes notice of the choices introduced by the French State making it unimaginable to take care of our occasion.”

Boullier mentioned consideration has already turned to the circuit’s 2021 race.

It’s the tenth race to be both postponed or cancelled, with Method One seeking to repackage the postponed races into an 18-to-19-race calendar within the second half of the yr.

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How the F1 scheduled has been affected thus far:

March 15 – Australian GP (cancelled)
March 22 – Bahrain GP (postponed)
April 3 – Vietnam GP (postponed)
April 19 – Chinese language GP (postponed)
Might 3 – Dutch GP (postponed)
Might 10 – Spanish GP (postponed)
Might 24 – Monaco GP (cancelled)
June 7 – Azerbaijan GP (postponed)
June 14 – Canadian GP (postponed)
June 28 – French GP (cancelled)

With the primary 10 rounds of the unique F1 season referred to as off, the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 now stands as a possible season-opener.

Austria not too long ago eased its lockdown circumstances by reopening 1000’s of retailers and can think about reopening eating places and accommodations by mid-Might if circumstances permit. It was one of many first international locations in Europe to comply with the lead of neighbouring Italy to impose a lockdown on motion and now claims to have flattened the curve of latest Covid-19 infections.

Nonetheless, F1 CEO Chase Carey has talked a couple of full reogranisation of the calendar, which might imply present race dates are modified to accommodate as many races as doable. Motorsport director, Ross Brawn, added that F1 is concentrating on a summer season begin in Europe and is open to the concept of holding the primary few races behind closed doorways with no followers in attendance.

But one of many major concerns will stay ease of journey between international locations as F1’s 10 groups and engine departments are primarily based throughout 5 international locations — Nice Britain, Italy, Switzerland, France and Japan — and restrictions on any of them would create problems.

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