While many events had been canceled two months ago, Formula 1 just planned to race in Australia. Ultimately, the whole party in Melbourne was canceled after a McLaren employee tested positive for COVID-19 and the Grand Prix weekend was canceled on Friday.
After the canceled race in Australia, another nine Grand Prix weekends were canceled or postponed, but the sport is now working on a plan to start racing from July. In a stripped-down paddock and under strict conditions, the F1 season must start at the Red Bull Ring in early July. All employees in the Formula 1 paddock will be tested for the corona virus every other day, but according to the FIA, Formula 1 need not fear a repeat of the scenario in Australia should the virus be tested positive again.
“No medical problem”
“The situation is quite different now than in Melbourne, because we now also know a lot about the virus,” FIA chief doctor Gerard Saillant tells Sky F1. “It is now possible to prevent and anticipate a lot of things. If there is now a positive test, or perhaps ten, we can easily deal with that with a special process for positive cases. Medically, it would not be a problem to shape.”
Although Saillant thinks that a number of positive tests should not throw a spanner in the works medically, the Frenchman acknowledges that it can cause other problems: “It is a completely different story when it comes to the sporting consequences and the attention in the media. We have to anticipate this in order to know where the limit is that it really can no longer continue, but that should not be an obstacle for now. “
Formula 1 wants to organize more than 15 races this year. The season should start in early July with a double race weekend in Austria. After that, the plan is to host two races at Silverstone, but due to a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine period for all travelers to Britain, that plan seems to be going down.