The FIA announces that the shutdown period for F1 teams has been extended from 21 to 35 days due to the worldwide effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. The agreement was reached unanimously by the F1 Commission, Strategy Group and teams and is valid for all competitors, including Power Unit manufacturers.
With a number of European countries enforcing restrictive measures including travel bans, F1’s early summer shutdown is set to last longer than a month. Haas and Ferrari were the first factories that ceased operations in March, as their shutdown began on the 19th, originally lasting until April 8th. Alfa Romeo followed on March 23rd, with Racing Point closing down their Silverstone headquarters two days after. Red Bull (March 27th – April 17th) and Renault (March 30th – April 19th) began the ‘spring break’ the following week and therefore are set to reopen in May.
Here is the FIA statement in full:
“Following unanimous approval by the Formula 1 Strategy Group, Commission and all teams, the World Motor Sport Council has ratified by e-vote the decision to extend the Formula 1 shutdown period from 21 to 35 days, to be taken in March, April and/or May, for all competitors and Power Unit manufacturers.”
“Further discussions regarding this topic remain open between the FIA, Formula 1 and all teams in light of the ongoing global impact of COVID-19”.