While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to bring the Formula 1 season on hold. The viewers are worried about when the series will eventually come back. And the 2020 campaign will commence.
The season’s first nine events were all called off, the first being the Canadian Grand Prix set for 14 June.
Teams are in endless talks with the managers of the sport about what the most possible course of action is as the world begins to deal with the pandemic’s complex nature.
Therefore, what are the best and worst-case possibilities for the F1 season in 2020?
Although most European countries stay on lockout and have canceled all big sporting activities in the months ahead. So, there are still hopes to get the summer F1 season underway.
F1 CEO Chase Carey said a 15-18 race calendar remained probable at the end of last month, albeit significantly altered from the initial timetable, suggesting an extension to 2021.
But on Wednesday, F1 managing director Ross Brawn announced. What if the season would commence in July as many as 19 races could still go on this year.
If we could launch in early July we will be able to do a 19-race season – three weekends on, one weekend off, three weekends on, one weekend off, “Brawn explained on the Sky F1 Vodcast. “So we’ve looked at all the planning. If we can get going in July we hope we can have an 18 to 19-race season.
For 2020, only the Monaco Grand Prix officially canceled, with a further eight races just delayed. Meaning that most of them could reschedule as part of a sequence of triple-headers to hit 18 or 19 meetings.
All choices, including beginning the season behind closed doors, running shortened race weekends and double-header events discussed.
A 19-race schedule might sound unrealistic. And it would place a huge burden on the whole F1 paddock. But if it can give the teams and sponsors something similar to a full season, that may be worthwhile for the sport’s future.