More than 4000 coronation tests and not a positive case: Formula 1 has shown that motor sports are also possible in the pandemic. The radical rules have not always been strictly adhered to.
Not many media representatives are allowed at the Formula One season start at Corona times, but the journalists present in Spielberg have sharpened their objectives. The unprotected talk between Sebastian Vettel and his former Red Bull bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko was about the world as well as the recordings of McLaren pilot Lando Norris, who cooled his forehead with a water bottle before measuring the temperature at the entrance of the line.
These pictures did not, however, create a blank nervousness in the Formula-1 community. The COVID-19 delegate of the FIA World Motor Association told the respective teams in writing that sanctions were not imposed. The overall picture is too positive for the Grand Prix of Austria. 4032 tests on drivers, team members and other staff were evaluated by Saturday, all negative. The much more radical hygiene concept seems to work in comparison to the German Football League’s design.
Death praises extraordinary performance”
However, nothing was left to chance either. In saying and writing 57 bubbles are the still well 2000 participants in the first spirit race of Formula One history. Each team is housed in a different hotel, the drivers live in luxury caravans on the route area. The entire console undergoes a coronation test every five days, briefings are virtually held, in case of “avoidable” contacts with people outside of their own bubble, masks are required.
The Red Bull ring, on which the Styrian Grand Prix will be driven again next weekend, is currently a high-security state in Austria, which is not affected by the Coronavirus at all.
Accordingly, FIA President Jean Todt burst with pride when he took a picture of the situation on Saturday. An “extraordinary achievement” was to restart the PS circus in the midst of the pandemic. And this as the “first international sporting competition”, as the Frenchman pointed out.
At least for the first eight races this concept is to be maintained. It looks outwardly like an overreaction, especially in countries where there are already great relaxations in real life,”said FIA racing leader Michael Masi:”But we want a procedure that works everywhere.”
Team leaders take the restrictions into account, at least ten million are at stake.” Although it is strange that we sit ten meters apart and wear surgical masks on our noses: If that is what we need to do to drive again, then that is okay,”said Mercedes Motorsport Chief Toto Wolff.