04/07/2020

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F1 won’t cancel races, even if a driver tests for coronavirus

LONDON — Method One particular races will not likely be canceled if a driver tests...

LONDON — Method One particular races will not likely be canceled if a driver tests favourable for the coronavirus or if a workforce withdraws, CEO Chase Carey says.

F1 wants to avoid a repeat of the year opener in Australia in March, which was canceled when the McLaren workforce withdrew after a team member tested favourable for the virus. The year is now set to start with two races in Austria on July 5 and 12.

“A workforce not currently being equipped to race would not terminate the race. I never think I could sit below and lay out the outcomes. But we will have a technique in put that acquiring infection will not direct to a cancellation,” Carey stated on the F1 site Tuesday. “If a driver has an infection, (teams have) reserve motorists obtainable.”

F1 teams have a tougher time returning to competitiveness than teams in numerous other athletics for the reason that of the dozens of workforce members who typically travel to a race and the regular international journeys concerned.

Carey stated workforce members will be tested for the coronavirus before they depart for a race and then every two times. Groups will live in a “bubble” process, probable with “sub bubbles” to preserve folks aside if they do different work opportunities, he added.

“Clearly we realize our sport is a single which at times, we can not have two meters in between every particular person on a workforce,” he stated. “When a auto pulls into a pit and has to transform four tires, there won’t be two meters in between every particular person. We have to have to make sure we have treatments to regulate all these threats as shortly as feasible.”

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