At the end of an incredible marathon of 17 Grand Prix swallowed up in six months, the technical prowess achieved by the promoter and the FIA is successful. Not only has F1 managed to save its season against the backdrop of Covid-19 even it launched the trailer for next year.
Season 3 of “Drive to Survive,” the Netflix-created series that follows the Formula 1 World Championship won’t even need promotion as it gets closer to airing. Because the year 2020, which for a long time believed never to see the light of day, is unlike any other. Stopped at the beginning of the year, like all sports in the world, the International Automobile Federation and the promoter of the competition, quickly looked into the question of a resumption of sport and in this case, the course of the Formula 1 season. During the meetings, it is particularly a question of the financial impacts, physical and technical means and health risks to allow the small world of the single-seater to make the engines roar.
The decision is made, at the end of the first confinement: the world championship will have a 2020 edition according to several rules. Through an ultra-condensed calendar of 17 races in six months, F1 has an appointment on July 5 in Spielberg in Austria. It is also understood that the season is first contested in Europe before leaving for the Middle East. Some circuits, such as Spielberg (Austria), Silverstone (Great Britain) or Sakhir (Bahrain), host two races in a row in order to give more credit to the competition and avoid additional costs to stables. already in bad shape financially. Of course and like other disciplines, each round of the world championship is played behind closed doors, under a bell for all officiating people and with the most drastic health protocol where 76,000 tests (for 76 positive cases) were made according to the Team. Organizing seventeen Grand Prix in the space of six months is a feat when you see the efforts made.
For the stables it feels like a real marathon between trips, installing all the equipment, knowing that the stables have been limited in staff. This season, 80 people were authorized per team, of which a maximum of 60 were assigned to single-seaters. All movements inside the bubble (not only on the circuit) are done with a mask and you must be able to show a white foot at each control point installed by the instance. This concerns team directors, mechanics, engineers, the circle close to pilots and of course pilots. At the end of a race, they barely have time to breathe the fresh air that the assistance gives them masks that they must imperatively put on the nose, under penalty of sanctions. Scenes of joy are still an integral part of Formula 1 but, social distancing requires, champagne has a special flavor this year.
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