Planning for F1 racing calendar: Zak Brown expects “breakdowns”


( – McLaren CEO Zak Brown is “optimistic” that the Formula 1 World Championship 2020 “will include more than eight” races. That the Conception of Liberty Media, despite the coronavirus pandemic, still 16 until 18 Grands Prix, which will work, he does not believe: “I'm a little more pessimistic. I would be in now Vegas and I would have to bet, I would on 14 or 15 Type races on ten routes. “

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Brown speaks in a detailed exclusive interview with the podcast of our sister platform 'Autosport' under the hashtag #ThinkingForward about the challenges that Formula 1 faces during the corona crisis. The racing calendar, on which those responsible are currently working under high pressure, is a central topic.

“The conception, as far as I know, is 18 race on 15 Driving routes, “reveals Brawn. But: “I assume that one or the other breakdown will occur.” In particular with regard to the entry and exit regulations for the 1st 500 to 2nd 000 Employees of the Formula 1 circus responsible for the staging of a Huge Prix ​​are mandatory.

“IndyCar,” says the motorsport specialist, “has the advantage that everything happens in one country. Even if Austria and Silverstone were ready: we don't know whether a second wave is coming or modified into as soon as happens in Asia if we want to go there or in America. “

” As soon as we get on the planes and fly overseas, the risk increases, “warns Brawn. “Therefore there are discussions about more races in Europe […]. For a long time we only had regular 16 Race. 14 to 15 Races would be a real world championship for me. Especially in such a short time. “

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The Crimson-Bull-Ring in Spielberg, where according to current planning on the 5th and 12. July, with two “ghost races” without spectators and media representatives, the season opener is to take place, according to Brawn, is predestined for a TV event during the pandemic for several reasons. First because of the nearby military airport, second because of the rural population density.

With regard to Silverstone, too, one could avoid the major airports Heathrow or Gatwick and land in Luton instead: “I can see how we can get these first four races in a very short time. ” And that could be the “momentum” for further events: “Because people then see: 'Hiya, that works!'”

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