The 70th season of Formula 1 is surely going to get into history like the Championship that should have not taken place. The Coronavirus is attacking any part of life and both Liberty Media and the FIA are trying very hard to protect the people while attending the “normal” schedule, even if with some changes.
Less than 24 hours ago Chase Carey have announced that the summer shutdown is anticipated at March and April and the whole Formula 1 Commission is studying a new schedule, while constantly monitoring the situation of the virus.
The Monaco Grand Prix is not stopping yet. The track, in fact, is still inhabited by the workers who are going ahead with the works that have to be completed to host the race.
Such move looks somewhat weird, as the principality is adopting strict restrictions to avoid the diffusion of the virus. On March 14th in fact, public places such as bars, restaurants, cafes, schools and nightclubs have been closed and the ninth Covid-19 positive person has been found. Why then did the Government let the works for the Monegasque Gran Prix go on?
The answer is very easy: officially, the race has not been cancelled yet.
“The works are going on until when the even is going to be officially cancelled or re-scheduled”- said Marie-Pierre Gremaglia, Counsellor of the Ministry of Equipment, Environment, and Urban Planning.
There is to say that if the F1 event is going to be cancelled, the chances to have it re-scheduled are near to zero. This would smash hardly on the principality’s finances.
Until the arrival of the news, the works on the track will going on, in a desert city and to host what it will probably be a “ghost” GP.