The Ministry of Health is still busy assessing the safety protocol. “We are still in the middle of that process. We do our best to make a decision in time, ”said health minister Rudolf Anschober.
Formula 1 has been completely paralyzed by the outbreak of the corona pandemic. The first ten Grand Prix of the year have been canceled or postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in Zandvoort. The racing stables and their drivers are now looking forward to July 5, where the race is planned on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg without an audience. On May 14, the organization submitted a security plan to the ministry containing measures to prevent coronavirus infection.
If the Grand Prix in Austria continues, the drivers will find empty stands.
Minister Werner Kogler of Sport does not expect too many problems with the safety regulations for drivers, employees and officials. “Keeping sufficient distance shouldn’t be too difficult. There will be some precautions in the garage boxes, ”he said. But he does have concerns. “These are related to departure and entry, accommodation and catering.”
In the plans of Formula 1, the intention is to have a second Grand Prix on the circuit a week after the first race at Spielberg, before having a double race at Silverstone in England.
It seems increasingly plausible that the plan can succeed. After the intervention of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Formula 1 may be exempted from the British corona rules.
Beginning June 8, all travelers from overseas will be required to be quarantined for two weeks, but according to The Times, Johnson wants to place the sports world outside that arrangement. British football teams who have to travel to the European mainland for matches in the Champions League and Europa League would also be lucky.