Formula One deploys war chest of coronavirus strategies for Austria

Max Verstappen during the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix in Spielberg last year

PARIS: The Formula One season roars into action at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg this weekend with “military-like”, coronavirus-busting sanitary regulations.

Every single person who sets foot inside the Red Bull Ring, where the first two races of the rescheduled season take place, must adhere to strict health and safety protocols developed jointly by the organisers and teams, who have employed their genius for logistics to the task at hand.

“The meticulous approach of the teams to both logistics and engineering and procedures and protocols is what we’ve transferred into our approach to dealing with this challenge,” F1 chief Ross Brawn said.

The Red Bull Ring, nestling in the picturesque Styrian mountains, has been put into a fortress-like lockdown and will play host to a first race on Sunday (Jul 5) and a second a week later.

Brawn predicted teams would be quick to adapt to all new measures.

“It suits our culture, our philosophy of working through every scenario, plan A, plan B, plan C,” said Brawn, who added there was a two-metre social-distancing rule and compulsory visors or masks.

Each team has been reduced to a maximum of 80 staff, they will be asked to refrain from mixing with other groups and even split into subgroups so as to limit any possible cross contagion.

The teams will travel in motor-homes and once on site will use the facilities there to cook.

Anyone at the track must submit to coronavirus testing and regular temperature checks and no spectators will be allowed in the arena.

“LIVE AND LEARN”

Organisers also say they will be ready to react and improve or adapt to developing situations in the same way they do with races.

“We will live and learn at each race,” Brawn said.

“That’s the nature of F1. It’s very military like in its approach.”

Ferrari’s sporting director Laurent Mekies says the strategies will make the sport more resilient to coronavirus, especially the sub-division of teams to carry out activities, which he argued would mean having a limited number of people in isolation were there an outbreak.

“If necessary we will have replacements on standby at the factory,” Mekies said.

World champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team say they have entirely reorganised their garage, adding tents and canopies so as to avoid slowing down the work on their cars.

There will also be a tracing app which all team members must download, granting access to all their contacts.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner said last week he was more than happy with the ongoing safety measures.

“We could not have done more really, what has been put in place is the best possible,” the Italian leader of the American team said.

Z24 News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Next Post

Australia to spend nearly US$1 billion to boost cyber security

Mon Jun 29 , 2020
Australia will spend AUS$1.35 billion (US$926.1 million) over the next 10 years to boost its cyber security defences, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, as Canberra seeks to combat a wave of attacks. FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New […]

Share

Social menu is not set. You need to create menu and assign it to Social Menu on Menu Settings.