By: Myanna Wedes
It did not take long for Chase Carey and the Formula 1 leaders to make a call that both Bahrain and Vietnam Formula 1 races would be postponed. The decision was a quick and easier one than the way the Melbourne race cancellation play out. As a result of the positive COVID-19 test from a McLaren team personnel, they are in lockdown/isolation for 14 days in Australia plus an additional self-isolation period when they return to the United Kingdom. As a result, there was no chance of them even participating at the next two events.
So where does Formula 1 go now and when will it start. That is the question which will have an answer at some point in the near future. As some would say, the sooner the better as travel plans, bans, health, safety and money spent are key factors for everyone involved both from a work perspective and fan holiday perspective.
Formula 1 Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey, said:
“The global situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and very difficult to predict and its right we take time to assess the situation and make the right decisions. We are taking this decision with the FIA and our promoters to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Formula 1 and our fans. The Bahrain Grand Prix is an exciting race in our schedule, and we look forward to being back there as soon as we can. We are also looking forward to Vietnam’s inaugural race and bringing the spectacle of F1 to one of the most exciting cities in the world.”Formula One Press Release 13th March 2020
FIA President, Jean Todt, said:
Formula One Press Release 13th March 2020
“Protecting people first. Together with Formula 1, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association, and the local promoters, postponing both the Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix, as with the Australian Grand Prix, was the only possible decision given all of the information currently available to us. We continue to rely on the input and advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments and will work with them throughout this unpredictable period to safeguard the fans, competitors and all of the motor sport community.”