Finally, after weeks of waiting, between the dispute against Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone and the many doubts, Formula 1 is ready to start again. Sunday 5 July 2020 the first GP of 2020 is scheduled, in Zeltweg, in Austria.
Above all, it will be an opportunity to see how the health safety protocols will be applied to guarantee the performance of the GP. It will be a season during which team will race in Europe, and the GP will be the Rolex Großer Preis von Österreichl, Pirelli Großer Preis der Steiermark, Aramco Magyar Nagydíj, Pirelli British Grand Prix, Emirates 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, the Aramco Grand Prix de España, the Rolex Belgian Grand Prix and the Heineken Grand Prix of Italy.
The other GPs are either canceled or to be rescheduled. There will be many news. Obviously the first will be the absence of the crowd on the stands of the track. Before entering into the staff paddock, teams will all be monitored through swabs that exclude the risk of positivity to the virus.
All those who have access to the paddock must have performed a swab with a negative result. The staff of each team will be halved, everyone will travel alone or in small groups. The fundamental rule will be that of social distancing.
everyone, drivers, staff members, will be checked both before and during the events. On weekends on the same track there will be additional safety measures in order to keep everyone in isolation from the surrounding world, creating a real isolation bubble.
Ferrari sports director Laurent Mekis said: "Once inside the Zeltweg paddock we will be there for a good few days as we have two consecutive races, so we will be tested every five days. When we are all in the so-called bubble, despite having been tested in the previous days, we will add an additional level of safety with the tests on the track."
Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul is concerned about the situation despite the safety rules and protocols. According to him, a positive swab test could force a team to lose a race: "The dialogue with the FIA continues but there is still the risk that due to a positive person, an entire team will be immediately put in solitary confinement for 24 hours.
time to swab. If a positive case occurs on Saturday morning, there is a serious risk of not being able to take part in qualifying and the race. We still have to discuss a bit about how to balance this risk with a little common sense." Formula 1 at the start, but still with some normal uncertainty and uncertainty.