Formula 1 could start in Austria at the beginning of the July, if they get the green light from the Austrian authorities, and it is also possible to hold two races at intervals of three days with the second race on Wednesday after the first race.
The Coronavirus disrupted sports events around the world and Formula 1 was forced to cancel or postpone nearly half the races at the start of the season, and although the French GP has not yet been moved from its originaldate at the end of June, season is not expected to start on Paul Ricard.
Austria is increasingly being mentioned as a potential first race of the season, but if it does happen, it is quite likely that it will be held without spectators as the country is just starting to loosen its epidemiological measures.
Red Bull motorsport director Helmut Marko is confident that the first race of the season could be held in Austria in just over two months, but he also admits it will probably be without spectators.
“The measures currently underway to hold the Austrian GP, a race without spectators, a so-called ghost race, are currently being discussed,” Marko told Austrian TV station ORF.
“We all hope so. Signs show that the chances are very high.”
Last week, Austrian sports minister Werner Kogler indicated that they did not want to stand in the way of holding the F1 race, which could be blocked only by the number of coronavirus infected population growing rapidly.
Spielberg is not only ready to hold one but two races, and Marko says the second race could take place on Wednesday after the first race.
Free practices, qualifying and race would run over two instead of three days, and in order to have more TV viewers, the start of the race could be shifted to late afternoon.
Those responsible for this race are already planning how they will arrange for F1 employee travel and their work in isolation from the rest of the world, and all 2500 employees will have to pass a coronavirus test.
There is also the possibility of arriving directly with charter flights and landing directly in Zeltweg, thus avoiding contact with general public.
2020 F1 CALENDAR
|1||Australia (canceled)||15 Mar|
|2||Bahrain (postponed)||22 Mar|
|3||Vietnam (postponed)||05 Apr|
|4||China (postponed)||19 Apr|
|5||Netherlands (postponed)||03 May|
|6||Spain (postponed)||10 May|
|7||Monaco (canceled)||24 May|
|8||Azerbaijan (postponed)||07 Jun|
|9||Canada (postponed)||14 Jun|
|12||G. Britain||19 Jul|
|22||Abu Dhabi||29 Nov|