FIA ready to race, a COVID-19 case in paddock ‘not a problem’

As Formula 1 sets its sights on trying to launch the season for a second time, the COVID-19 virus has made its way around the world and the metrics, data, research and experiences have all added context to the challenges of creating what F1 boss, Ross Brawn, calls the F1 “biosphere” in order to protect the paddock during these fan-less races.

While racing resumed las Sunday with the NASCAR event at Darlington, the COVID cops were in full force in the media and social media sites. Accusation of social distancing “violations”—not sure a lack of social distance is a “violation”—and other nitpicking issues that pulled at the thin threads of the monumental task of what NASCAR was able to pull off.

F1 Will face even bigger challenges given the global nature of the sport and unlike Australia, a single case of Covid-19 will not shut the entire season down again. According to the FIA, they have taken steps to manage any outbreaks.

“I think the situation is quite different between Melbourne and now, because the knowledge of the virus is quite different,” Saillant told Sky Sports F1.

“It’s possible to prevent and anticipate quite a lot things.

“If we have one positive case, or maybe 10 positive cases, it’s possible to manage perfectly with a special track, a special pathway for the positive cases.

“Medically speaking, it’s not a problem.”

The “biosphere” has clearly been designed to protect and treat so this is a good initiative. Still now word from F1 on an official 2020 calendar revision but it is still slated to begin in Austria in the first of July.

Hat Tip: Sky Sports F1

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Tom Firth

Medically speaking perhaps it isn’t, he would know but image wise when ‘F1 coronavirus cell’ is splashed across the front of every newspaper in the world, I think they’d have the same problem had in Australia and respond by backing down on plans to return in 2020.