Closed Doors for 2020 F1 Season

The Formula One 2020 Season has once again been alternating its scheduling agreements. It’s been confirmed that the season will be operated through a Closed Door Event, meaning attendees won’t be permitted. This will apply exclusively to the European races. Information on the altered schedule comes after Ross Brawn, the Sporting Director of Formula One, announced that numerous options are being considered. He believes that nineteen races could be carried out with the proper medical reinforcement.

This information follows after Formula One confirmed that the Canadian Grand Prix would be postponed. Representatives with F1 didn’t confirm if this postponement will turn into a cancellation, which will depend on the COVID-19 Pandemic throughout Quebec in Canada. Mattia Binotto, the Team Principal with Ferrari F1, expressed that all teams have entered a specialized agreement. It’ll allow for radical changes to be implemented, with the additional benefit of the 2020 season being extended into 2021.

Not implementing these features would fulfil a financial shortfall in Formula One, which could see four teams exist the sport. It should be noted that the 1st race is slated for June 28th at the French Grand Prix. Ross Brawn mentioned that restrictions would be implemented on the available personnel as well, ensuring that teams aren’t exposed to broad demographics.

The Interview

Sky Sports interviewed Ross Brawn after his announcement. The Sporting Director noted that an enclosed environment is best for moving forward. Teams would be provided specialized charters, which would be channelled towards the circuit. Every member associated with the Grand Prix would be tested, cleared and approved to assist. Those caught with COVID-19 would immediately be placed into a containment facility. It should be noted that these charters will maintain specialized plexiglass to limit contact between team members, with additional respirator masks provided to ensure that the virus isn’t spread.

Under these conditions with the additional purview of having zero spectators, it’d allow for the races to resume. Approval is still required through the Formula International Association, which won’t come for upwards of two weeks. Discussions between Formula One and the FIA mention that the British Grand Prix could be maintained by July 19th. The British GP is vital because of its influence over Formula One, with it being the first race ever in F1 history.