The FIA and Formula 1 have confirmed that the summer break will be completed earlier to release free weekends in August to make up for some of the missed races due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Australia’s first race of the season was canceled while Bahrain, Vietnam and China were delayed with still unknown work dates, and F1 decided to take the first step towards making up for the missed one by moving the summer break.
“In light of the global impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus currently affecting the organisation of Formula One World Championship events, the World Motor Sport Council has approved a change to the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, moving the summer shutdown period from July and August to March and April and extending it from 14 to 21 days,” says FIA in their statement.
“All competitors must therefore observe a shutdown period of 21 consecutive days during the months of March and/or April.
The change was approved by both the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission, with Red Bull the first team to give their approval.
“As a team we currently plan to shut down on 27th March for a three week period, however due to the ever changing nature of the pandemic there may be some flexibility around these dates,” said Red Bull.
“Whilst we would all love to return to racing, the severity of this global pandemic is changing by the hour and the impact transcends our sport. We therefore agree with the measures being taken to reduce the risk of transmission and will support any further race postponements that are deemed necessary.
“The health, safety and wellbeing of our Team, guests, fans and the local communities we visit are our absolute priority and we are taking every possible precaution to mitigate the spread of the virus.”
“As such, we will also be taking extra precautions as a Team to protect our workforce while they are in the factory by implementing special working measures, guided by the UK Government and medical professionals.”