Summer break between each F1 season is always an important time to help the racing team rest after months of non-stop work.
However, based on the current real situation of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional summer vacation will turn to spring.
FIA’s sports regulations require a two-week total closure of the factory and other F1-related activities with racing teams during the August break. annual. This year it was moved to March and April due to the complicated course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing time was extended to 21 days.
The FIA stated that the change in this F1 2020 sports standard was approved by the World Sports Racing Council. It was agreed by all 10 racing teams, strategic teams and boards.
The teams also made their own official announcement, stating that they support the FIA’s decision to change the ‘closing time’ and also update the specific time or period of stopping all activities at the Grand his headquarters.
Plan to close factories and headquarters pushes early to April 3-4
Red Bull is expected to be closed from March 27 to April 17. Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo is expected to be closed from March 23 to April 13, Ferrari in March 19 to August 8.
They will also try to comply strictly with the COVID-19 disease prevention regulations, especially at the team’s headquarters, as well as hope their colleagues at McLaren or supplier Pirelli (have been positive. with virus) will soon recover and return to normal life.
Vehicle development plans for 2020 and both 2021 will be revised
So what does the closure of this factory mean for the tournament and the racing teams? First, this provision was introduced for two main reasons.
The first is the most painful problem that exists at the moment, cutting costs because some facilities need huge amounts of money to be able to operate, such as the windtunnel of each team. , used for vehicle testing purposes. So they need to be suspended for a certain period of time.
The second is to spend valuable time with team members being able to rest at home and recharge for the sprint phase of the tournament.