It has been a busy week in Formula 1 as the sport continues to make plans for the remainder of the season. The season is yet to get underway due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, but plans have now been announced that will see Silverstone play host for two races this season over consecutive weekends as the season looks to ensure that it isn’t affected too badly.
Formula 1 made the announcement earlier this week, but could yet be further developments due to the changes made in British politics. As part of the government’s reaction to the outbreak, it was revealed that international arrivals will be kept in quarantine for two weeks before they are allowed into the country. That announcement will create more problems for F1, and the organisers could be waiting for government approval before the green light is finally given.
F1 Hoping For Special Exemption Ahead Of Silverstone Race
F1 bosses are hoping that they will be given a green light to exempt staff and drivers from this 14-day rule. Any negotiation could be complicated as the rules are in place to ensure that there isn’t another outbreak of the virus. However, the government never put a date on when these changes would come into play, which means that the date of the races could be affected.
The biggest problem that the F1 have is that seven of the ten teams have bases in the United Kingdom. The remaining three will need to go back and forth should anything go wrong such as if there is a crash. F1 are still hoping that they will be able to complete their season this year, with the championship being competed over a maximum of 18 races. The season is expected to begin on the 5th July in Austria, before the following weekend will see the second round of the season.
Vettel Leaves Ferrari
It has been a busy week in the world of Formula 1, with Sebastian Vettel also revealing that he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the current season. The news came as a bit of a shock to fans, but the four-time world champion will be a free agent. His place with Ferrari was swiftly replaced by the incoming Carlos Sainz. Sainz has been at McLaren since 2019, when he was brought in to replace Fernando Alonso
The moves across teams didn’t stop there as it was revealed that Daniel Ricciardo will be filling the void left by Sainz at McLaren. Bosses at the manufacturer were delighted to bring him in as they revealed that he would add a fresh dynamic to the team for next season. Sainz will also add a new option for Ferrari, as he will join forces with Charles Leclerc from next season. The Frenchman was the main reason that Vettel was allowed to leave, as he signed a new five-year deal with Ferrari in the winter.