Coronavirus: F1 moves summer break to March and April

Coronavirus: F1 moves summer break to March and April

Coronavirus: F1 moves summer break to March and April

However, after a McLaren employee was diagnosed with the new coronavirus, Formula 1 chose to cancel the race at the last minute, already when the drivers and teams were planning to go to the track for the first practice.

"Formula 1 remains fully committed to launching a 2020 season as soon as possible".

"All parties (FIA, Formula 1 and teams) discussed the current situation of the 2020 championship and how the sport will react to the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic", said an FIA statement.

Ferrari's decision comes after the F1 season was suspended following the cancellation of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

"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".

The shutdown is usually enforced in August and requires teams to bring a halt to work at their factories for a period of 14 consecutive days during a three-week window.

In a joint statement with F1 and the race promoters, it said decisions were taken "to ensure the health and safety of travelling staff, participants and fans".

That suggests a start date of the Monaco Grand Prix, which is now scheduled for 22-24 May.

"The change was supported unanimously by both the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission", the FIA added.

There will be a rejig of the calendar and an attempt to cram in as numerous postponed races as possible before the end of the year, although some will inevitably fall by the wayside.

"All teams expressed their support for the FIA and Formula 1 in their ongoing efforts to restructure the 2020 calendar as the global situation regarding COVID-19 develops".

'The alternative is to run in August 16th but at this point there would be only two weeks from Hungary.

The season is now scheduled to start at the beginning of June in Azerbaijan, before Canada, France and Austria follow ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.

The calendar was one of the main subjects on the agenda in a phone conference on Thursday involving Carey, Ross Brawn and all 10 team bosses, at which the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic were discussed.

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