The F1 season is finally starting. In a week, on Sunday, the first race of 2020 will be run in Spielberg, Austria.
Corona restrictions and regulations naturally pose their own challenges to the F1 circus as well.
The Autosport website says that perhaps the biggest change caused by the restrictions in the coming F1 weekends is the lack of the stables ’own motorhome structures.
Motorhomes are massive luxury structures stacked for race venues where F1 team employees can stay and work during race weekends. Especially in the European Games, the bases used by the teams are moved from place to place by large trucks.
The main reason behind the decision is that motorhomes require a lot of staff. Due to the coronavirus, efforts are being made to limit the number of people on weekends.
Luxury structures will be replaced by tents and awnings, as well as facilities already found on the tracks.
– When motorhomes are missing, it gives new space for rearrangement of the depot area. It has also been agreed that the F1 teams ’own trucks, which are usually located in the depot near the doors, will be moved further away from the depot area, the news from the Autosport website explains.
Karl Fanson, logistics manager for the Mercedes F1 team, opened the changes with a video released by Autosport.
– The changes will give us more workspace. It’s easier to keep social distance and work comfortably, Fanson said.
A practical change is also the collection points to be set up in F1 areas. They also aim to reduce social contacts.
Fuel is no longer transported directly to the garage premises, and mechanics cannot march to the tire manufacturer’s premises to pick up the tires.
– Now there is a collection point for fuel and the tires are also delivered there. Our employees pick them up at the collection point and likewise deliver the used tires back there, Fanson said.
There are currently eight races secured on the 2020 F1 calendar.
On July 5th and a week later on July 12th will be driven in Spielberg. After that, there will be a Hungarian GP in the program, after which the next two races will be run in England, on the Silverstone track. .