Three more European races until the planned desert finale in Bahrain (twice) and Abu Dhabi. So far, the GP circus – like politics – has muddled through the Corona crisis. But without special permits (especially for the seven British teams), Formula 1 would never have made it to the Nürburgring with all the quarantine regulations. And now you are jetting to Portugal of all places – one of the new hotspots in Europe. The government now wants at least to discard the insane plan with 45,000 spectators. Just like the Turks do, where people dreamed of 100,000 fans.
After the 12th run, over 150 vans (!) From Portimao in the Algarve up to Imola. Because of the long journey through the crisis areas in Spain and France, driving in Italy only takes place on Saturday and Sunday. As was the case in the fog a week ago in the Eifel. Extra tension?
Formula 1 needs 15 races
Last week the FIA carried out over 1700 tests in the Formula 1 environment. Eight positive cases! Including at Mercedes – and at the Alonso test in Barcelona, two members of Renault also tested positive. The number of unreported cases is, of course, higher if the positive tests from employees who were then not even allowed to travel from home were included. The goal is clear: Formula 1 needs at least 15 races to collect all the TV money in the billions.
Ecclestone warns of Corona
Bernie Ecclestone, who will be 90 years old in ten days, is following the corona situation worldwide from Gstaad BE. “You couldn’t ask for a safer place with a baby.” The Briton (“I am for the total mask requirement”) even had to close his hotel “Olden” for ten days. «An employee was infected. So we stick to the rules. Because Corona is ten times worse than normal flu – I’ve learned that too! “
Red Bull’s threat
What would Formula 1 be without a crash? Red Bull threatens to drop out with both teams once again if you really should look after the Honda engines on your own and if the development of the hybrid units were not frozen from 2022. Mercedes would agree. From Ferrari comes a clear no. And Renault is waiting, maybe Red Bull will get back into the French bed.
Buemi believes in Hamilton
New opportunity for Buemi. From Portugal, the soon-to-be 32-year-old from Vaud will officially be a replacement for Red Bull-Honda for the rest of 2020! The jack-of-all-trades has been part of the Bullen family for over 13 years and drove for Toro Rosso from 2009 to 2011 (55 starts, 29 points). And no one sat in the Milton Keynes simulator more than Sébastien. He can’t be wrong with one tip: “Hamilton wins the seventh title!”