Regardless of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Formulation One stays assured it will probably ship a 15 to 18 race calendar in 2020, beginning in some unspecified time in the future throughout the summer season.
In an announcement to followers, F1 CEO Chase Carey mentioned the game would tear up its current calendar and begin once more as soon as it turns into clear when will probably be doable to renew racing. Carey mentioned F1 had made house for postponed races in August by transferring the normal mid-season break to March and April, and by taking a choice to increase the season past the unique finale on November 29.
Carey’s assertion adopted choices taken within the final week to postpone or cancel all races this yr up till the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 7 and push the deliberate 2021 regulation modifications again a yr to 2022.
“Over the previous week, Formulation One, the ten F1 groups and the FIA and have come collectively and brought fast, decisive motion as a part of our preliminary response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Carey mentioned. “Whereas at current no-one could be sure of precisely when the state of affairs will enhance, it’ll enhance and when it does, we will probably be able to go racing once more. We’re all dedicated to bringing our followers a 2020 Championship Season.
“We recognise there may be important potential for extra postponements in at present scheduled occasions, nonetheless we and our companions totally count on the season to begin in some unspecified time in the future this summer season, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races.
“As beforehand introduced we are going to utilise the summer season break being introduced ahead to March/April, to race throughout the regular summer season break interval and anticipate the season finish date will lengthen past our unique finish date of 27-29th November, with the precise sequence and schedule dates for races differing considerably from our unique 2020 calendar.”
Nonetheless, with governments around the globe taking motion to restrict the unfold of coronavirus, F1 could not have the luxurious of planning its personal calendar and must adapt to occasions. Carey mentioned the game was conscious of that reality however, following the success of an esports-based Digital Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, added that F1 would proceed to discover new methods to entertain followers.
“It isn’t doable to supply a extra particular calendar now as a result of fluidity of the present state of affairs however we count on to realize clearer insights to the state of affairs in every of our host nations, in addition to the problems associated to journey to those nations, within the coming month.
With the advantage of the FIA’s announcement and settlement in precept to freeze technical rules all through 2021, no summer season break and manufacturing facility shut downs being moved ahead to March and April the game now intends to race via the interval usually put aside for the summer season break and fulfil misplaced occasions from the primary a part of this yr.
“This flexibility presents a possibility to evolve the game, experiment and take a look at new issues. Which will embrace initiatives equivalent to increasing our esports platform, growing extra progressive content material like Netflix and different artistic methods to drive ongoing worth for the game’s sponsor companions, broadcast companions, race promoters, groups and followers — the ecosystem of our incredible sport.
“Between Formulation One, the groups and the FIA, working with our key stakeholders, we’re planning and totally dedicated to returning to the monitor on the earliest alternative to begin the 2020 season and can proceed to take recommendation from well being officers and specialists, as our first precedence continues to be the security and well being of our followers, the communities we go to and people throughout the Formulation One household. We’re assured we’ll all get via this and see higher days, forward, and, after we do, we are going to be certain that everybody invested on this sport at each stage feels rewarded.”