The Formula 1 champion Canadian Jacques Villeneuve believes the championship should finally cancel the 2020 season and organize non-championship competitions when its will be safe again.
At the moment, all races until the end of May have been postponed and cancelled. Provisionally, the first race of the season may be held on June 14, in Canada. However, this depends on how the situation will develop with the spread of the Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Villeneuve does not expect to see a resumption of the races until September. Firstly, there is no guarantee that the pandemic will recede in the near future. Secondly, it is necessary to take into account the time that will be required to organize the championship after the lifting of restrictions around the world.
"Even if the world opens up and we can have a Grand Prix after the pandemic, it takes time to set up an event," Villeneuve told Canal Plus.
The driver believes that after the resumption of the championship, the main goal of the management and promoters of the Grand Prix will be the return of finances and maximum compliance with the requirements of contracts, which means holding the maximum possible number of races.
According to Jacques, this decision is a mistake, and he believes that it is better to cancel the entire season and leave the second half of the year to prepare teams for 2021.
"The first Grands Prix on the calendar should take place in September. I imagine the various organizations and Formula 1's owners will want to hold the maximum amount of races to comply with their contracts' minimum requirement, but that would be a mistake," the driver said.
"It might be smarter to say: 'There won't be a championship. We'll race and each race will be a unique event, like the Indy 500 or the Le Mans 24 Hours,'" suggested Villeneuve.
"Each Grand Prix would be like a Grand Slam rather a round of half of a championship. It would also allow teams to use the end of 2020 to prepare for 2021."