Details of the organization of the Austrian Grand Prix
The 2020 Formula 1 season is scheduled to start with two races in Austria on July 5 and 12. According to Helmut Marko, it takes only three weeks to prepare the red Bull Ring circuit for the double stage.
At the same time, some details of how the Grand Prix will be organized became known. Only representatives of the official broadcaster, FOM, will be able to get to the circuit from TV companies. National TV companies, such as British Sky Sports, German RTL or Russian MATCH TV, will not be allowed on the track and will be able to comment on free races, qualifiers and races from the studios, receiving the same TV picture for all.
In addition, representatives of print and online media, team guests, VIPs and fans will not have access to the circuit. Each team will be able to bring 60 to 80 employees to the stage. Thus, there will be approximately 1000 people on the territory of the racetrack.
Those on the circuit must comply with strict restrictions. It is mandatory to wear masks and observe a two-meter distance. Each team will live in a separate hotel and travel in specially prepared minibuses. You can only leave hotels for trips to the circuit. You can only leave the circuit to return to the hotel. Similar restrictions will apply to riders. Team employees and riders will not be able to fly out of Austria during the break between races on July 5 and 12.
"After the first race, you can only return to the track next Thursday," explains Helmut Marko. – On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after the race, everyone should stay in their hotels. We cannot do without such restrictions, because it would be too difficult to test for coronavirus every time. Only those who have a negative test will be able to come to Austria."
In addition, the organizers of the stage are trying to get permission to use the military airfield zelltweg, located five kilometers from the Red Bull Ring, for cargo delivery and the arrival of Charter flights with team employees.
Helmut Marko confirmed that the two races in Spielberg can only be prevented by a new outbreak of coronavirus: "If the number of infected people increases dramatically in the coming weeks, we will not be able to do anything. This is not in our power."