Formula 1 is about to start its 2020 season. It is expected that on the weekend of July 3-5, the fastest cars in the world will return to the tracks to celebrate the Austrian Grand Prix, in no more and no less than at the Red Bull Ring. Subsequently, exactly 1 week after that, the second Austrian Grand Prix is expected to take place in order to replace the Grand Prix that had to be cancelled, such as the Monaco, Australian and French Grand Prix, and the most recent that were announced a few hours ago, the Japanese, Singapore and Baku Grand Prix. In short, after having received confirmation from the FIA and Formula 1 of the initial calendar of 8 races of the 2020 season, it is expected that there will be many hygiene measures so that there are not cases of the Chinese virus, which caused the current pandemic that the world is experiencing, covid-19. But what will these measures be? Here we explain them to you.
Firstly, it should be noted that all sessions will be maintained as if it were the normal format, that is, the first two free practices will last 90 minutes, the last free practice session will be 1 hour, the qualifying will remain with the three divisions (Q1, Q2 and Q3) with their respective duration while the race will be 71 laps or two hours, whichever comes first, each session will take place on its respective day. The first change that we will see will be that the formation of the starting grid for the race on Sunday will take place 15 minutes before the start of this one, remember that before all this happened it was 30 minutes, this is because it will not have special guests or VIPs on the grid, so the process will be streamlined to avoid contact between people. The national anthem ceremony will also be modified since the drivers will not be required to go to the front of the grid but will stay close to their respective cars. The podium ceremony is believed to be unchanged except for social distancing measures.
Regarding the media, there will be a space where there will be only a dozen international or local media, which will be selected by the FIA. These journalists will not have access to enter the paddock nor will they be able to contact the drivers or team members, however, in that place where the journalists will be, they will have access to video calls with the drivers and some team members, such as team principals. All the people who will be present at the Grand Prix will have to take a virus test once in the circuit, and they will also need to have a serological test that will have to be done no later than 3 days before the departure from Austria. Regarding the stay and the hotel-circuit transport, all people must follow a strict protocol in which it says that they must be as long as possible in their respective hotels and must use an exclusive transport service for their trip to the circuit.
The nice and giant motorhomes of each team that take part during the European races are also well known, however, these will not take part in the European Grand Prix of at least the first 8 races of the season, as this would mean that members of the team had to attend the circuit days before, what the teams are going to have will be their trucks which serve as support for the engineers. They will also be provided with a catering service and the slightest contact between team members will be avoided. It should be noted that no guest will be welcome in the paddock, however, there are rumours that Red Bull sent an invitation to Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, who could be an exception and could be present in the team's garage. These will be some of the most important changes that we will see at the start of the 2020 season, each and every one of these are for the good and health of those involved in the event.