Formula 1 and Co.
The engines in Formula 1 can soon be restarted: the International Automobile Association has decided on a comprehensive hygiene concept for a return to racing. There are strict guidelines for the teams.
Minimum distance, mouth-nose protection, hand washing – the catalog of measures for the return to motorsport goes far beyond that. On a total of 74 pages, the International Automobile Association (FIA) has presented the guidelines for events in the era of the coronavirus pandemic.
Formula 1 should start in early July
Formula 1 is not explicitly dealt with in the safety and hygiene concept – the motorsport premier class, which is due to start in Spielberg, Austria, on July 5 with a delay of around four months, is the Fia luxury product anyway.
“The Fia deserves enormous recognition in this process,” said CEO Chase Carey on the Formula 1 website recently. “In many ways we will live like a bubble when the charter plane takes off.” Formula 1 started eight races in Europe. In addition to Austria on July 5th and 12th, it is planned to drive in Hungary, Great Britain, Spain, Belgium and Italy. No further races were planned at the moment.
Race without a spectator
The measures affect practically all areas on race weekends. First of all in Formula 1 and thus also in Formula 2 and Formula 3 the races will take place without spectators. The organizers of the racing series on site should check, among other things, whether and how they can shorten the processes and do without races from the supporting program.
Whether starting line-up, the obligatory winner’s podium or the usual briefings – changes are possible, how exactly they could look like, is not detailed in the catalog of measures. The reason for this is certainly also the differences in the individual racing series, which go far beyond the formula classes.
Strict requirements for Formula 1 teams
There will be no pictures of strolling celebrities from show and sport from the starting line-up between the cars of six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari. Similar to the concept of the German Football League, the FIA catalog of measures also includes areas such as contact distance – at least two meters – hand hygiene, breathing etiquette and tests, but also the follow-up of contact persons using technological instruments in compliance with the legal situation.
Ultimately, Formula 1 will also stipulate exactly how the teams should behave, from departure from home to return. The teams may not have any contact with each other, for example they will be accommodated in separate hotels. Drivers and other personnel will have to undergo ongoing tests for the Sars-CoV-2 virus.
Races do not have to take place on three continents
New standards also apply to media representatives. The number of journalists on site is to be drastically reduced, the reporters are no longer allowed to move freely as usual and cannot enter the paddock. Media events such as press conferences are also being reorganized to comply with the rules.
Should the eight races in Europe remain as a result of the global corona situation, this would be enough for the 2020 World Champion. The rule that driving on three continents has been overridden by the current situation. “In theory, the eight European races form a world championship,” Formula 1 director Ross Brawn had recently told trade magazine “Autosport”.