In Austria they are already very excited about the Formula 1 comeback, the makers of the Hockenheimring, on the other hand, go away empty-handed: the traditional race track is missing in the emergency calendar of the PS spectacle, initially covering eight races. The schedule now stipulates that world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel and Co. will be chasing points for the first time this season in a double race in Austria (5 and 12 July) with a delay of almost four months. This is followed immediately by the Hungarian Grand Prix (July 19). There are also two races in Silverstone in England (August 2nd / 9th), followed by Formula 1 in Spain (August 15th), Belgium (August 30th) and Italy (September 6th). First of all, of course, without fans on the tracks – and with reservations in Corona times.
But the makers of the racing series are happy that the season will soon pick up speed. “It is exciting that Formula 1 is returning,” said Chase Carey, head of the racing series: “For the fans, we are working together to bring Formula 1 back in compliance with the highest possible safety measures.” For the Red Bull Ring in Styria, the return of Formula 1 from the Corona forced break is of course a gigantic PR coup.
At the beginning of July, “all eyes are on Austria”, the organizers cheered in a message. And Dietrich Mateschitz, boss of the shower manufacturer and the strong man behind the Red Bull team from Max Verstappen, chose big words: “Spielberg will see exciting races – and thus send a sign of feasibility around the world.”
Hockenheim does not take any risks
So that the wheels turn again, Formula 1 – like the Bundesliga – has developed an extensive concept. This includes, among other things, regular tests for drivers and all other team members, extensive hygiene measures and the reduction in the number of team members and on-site organizers.
Recently, a spectacular comeback of the Hockenheimring in the wake of the corona crisis had been a hot topic. Managing Director Jorn Teske recently confirmed “ongoing talks” to the SID – but at least until the beginning of September the PS circus will not come to Baden-Württemberg. But who knows how the pandemic will develop? One thing is clear: The Hockenheimring no longer wants to take financial risks for Formula 1.
Despite the “continuing uncertain international situation around Covid-19”, Formula 1 hopes to release the details of the “broader calendar” in the coming weeks, according to a statement. The racing series will continue to run a total of 15 to 18 races before the new world champion should be known by December at the latest.