Formula 1 Managing Director Ross Brawn confirms they are planning back-to-back races to start season

F1 Grand Prix of Austria

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says two races could take place at the same venue in order to get the 2020 season underway.

The sport has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with the opening 10 races either cancelled or postponed.

There are hopes to start the season on July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix, however, the event will likely be held behind closed doors.

And Brawn admits the idea of ‘back-to-back races’ has been discussed.

“It’s a real consideration because one of the logistical challenges is getting everyone tested and cleared to enter the paddock,” he told the official F1 podcast.

“I think once we do that it’s very attractive to keep everyone in that environment, within that biosphere, for another race.

“It’s also pretty challenging to find the right races early on where we can control the environment well enough.

“Austria fits that bill very well; it has a local airport that people can charter planes to, it’s not close to a metropolis, it has the right infrastructure around it and there’ll be full catering facility laid on.

“We can basically contain everyone within that environment and, therefore, it’s appealing to have another race the following week.”

F1 Grand Prix of Austria

With travel restrictions and social-distancing measures taking place around the world, Brawn says F1 organisers are in unknown territory.

“It’s a massive logistical challenge,” he added.

“Running an F1 race is a big challenge anyway, but running an F1 race in these circumstances is new to all of us.

“We’re working our way through all the requirements to make sure we operate in a safe environment for the drivers, engineers, technicians, and everyone involved – and we put on the right show.

“It’s important to get the season going for many reasons; one is obviously to excite the fans. We’ve all been frustrated by the delays and it’s also a very important livelihood for thousands of people.”

News Now - Sport News