The coronavirus means that it is not certain whether Formula 1 races planned for the summer break can be continued. There are concerns that the sport could be forced to stop one or more of these races.
Formula 1 must account for the coronavirus in the compilation of the calendar. The damage to the calendar was limited to the postponement of GP of China, and cancellation of the Canadian round. These races were replaced by Imola, and a second meeting at Red Bull Ring. This kept the 11-race total before the summer break.
The program still has twelve races, although there are still questions about some races. Singapore and Australia had already been cancelled. The latter was then replaced by an Istanbul meeting. The replacement for Melbourne’s canceled race is still being sought. In addition, the continuation of the Japanese Grand Prix is highly uncertain. F1 would love to keep the race, but MotoGP and WEC visits have been cancelled in the past weeks. Much depends on how the Olympic Games in Tokyo unfolds and how the infection figures develop. Reports from the race will provide more clarity before August 10. Car, motor, and sport.
F1 claims it has a scenario in place for Suzuka, if the race at Suzuka is canceled. Sochi, Istanbul, and Suzuka will then be combined into a double header that includes Russia (September 26th), and Turkey (October 3rd). After a week of rest, a new triple-header should be formed with two races at the Circuit of the Americas (17-24 Oct) and one in Mexico City (31).
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Brazil’s situation is another. The Sao Paulo GP is set for November 7. However, strict quarantine rules apply to travelers in the South American country. After a visit Brazil, many European countries require a fourteen-day quarantine. The race organizers want the race to continue. F1 has also a solution, reports F1. Car, motor, and sport: The Brazilian GP will now be held on November 14, with a second race in the Middle East. This would be a good logistical move, since the last two races in the season are in Saudi Arabia or Abu Dhabi.
The German medium stated that there are currently two potential candidates for the extra Middle East race. One of them is to hold a second Bahrain race. F1 had already driven two Sakhir races last season, one of which was the fast ‘Outer Circuit. It could be used again in November. Qatar’s F1 debut is another option. It has been trying for years now to bring the sport to Losail International Circuit. But tensions in the area have prevented this from happening. A more open relationship with the other countries and the corona crisis could allow for an F1 debut.