McLaren boss hopes to 'have a technical problem' in F1 season plans
LONDON: Formula One can be expected to 'have a technical problem' as the sport tries to complete a stagnant 2020 season by the COVID-19 pandemic but 14-15 runs seem feasible, McLaren boss Zak Brown he said Monday.
The American told motorsport.com that that number could be achieved on 10 circuits. Organizers have said they are aiming for 15-18 runs, ending with a double header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December.
I think we will do a couple of races in Austria, a couple of races at Silverstone, Brown said. If we start having travel problems, I think it could duplicate some other races.
I'm going to assume that we're going to run into a technical problem, somewhere along the way.
If we want to go to Asia or America, I think it will be when we get on the planes and have to fly abroad, where I think the risk will potentially start to increase.
Austria is expected to organize two races from July to start a season that so far has seen 10 rounds canceled or postponed.
The Australian opening scheduled for March 15 was canceled after a McLaren team member tested positive for the new coronavirus .
Formula One 's managing director Ross Brawn outlined to Sky Sports television the measures Formula One was planning for Austria's Red Bull -owned circuit.
All will be evaluated and have authorization before even entering the paddock, and then every two days they will be evaluated while they are in the paddock and that will be with a consistent and authorized authority, he said.
The Briton said Formula One , working closely with the governing FIA, would use the same European facility for testing.
We will have restrictions on how people move. We cannot socially distance a team, we cannot have socially distant staff, he said. So we have to create an environment that, within itself, is effectively a small bubble of isolation.
And the teams will remain within their own groups. They will not mix with other teams and will stay in their own hotels.
There will be no motorhomes, used by the teams for hospitality and the provision of meals for staff. the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone have their own catering facilities.
I am very encouraged by what I have seen and what I hear that we will be able to provide a safe environment, said Brawn.