Teams are backing the call for Formula 1 to implement their mandatory shutdown now with the view to slotting new dates on the calendar in August, the traditional summer break for the sport.
With the first half of the season unlikely to take place as scheduled, the stakeholders appear to be agreeing to shift their shutdown now as the world fights COVID-19.
Red Bull were first to come out officially in support of the new schedule, with other teams expected to follow suit.
Red Bull Statement
In light of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is in support of the decision taken by Formula 1 and the FIA to bring forward the annual shutdown from August to March / April 2020 and extend it to 21 days.
As a Team we currently plan to shut down on 27th March for a three week period, however due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic there may be some flexibility around these dates.
Whilst we would all love to return to racing, the severity of this global pandemic is changing by the hour and the impact transcends our sport. We therefore agree with the measures being taken to reduce the risk of transmission and will support any further race postponements that are deemed necessary.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our Team, guests, fans and the local communities we visit are our absolute priority and we are taking every possible precaution to mitigate the spread of the virus. As such, we will also be taking extra precautions as a Team to protect our workforce while they are in the factory by implementing special working measures, guided by the UK Government and medical professionals.
We share the disappointment of our fans and partners that purchased tickets to attend this year’s postponed Grands Prix and our well wishes go to our McLaren and Pirelli colleagues recovering from the COVID-19 virus, as well as the McLaren team members currently quarantined in Australia.
Alfa Romeo Statement
Sauber Motorsport AG, which runs and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN entry in the Formula One world championship, acknowledges today’s decisions of the World Motor Sport Council to approve a change to the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, moving the summer shutdown period from August to March and April and extending it from 14 to 21 days.
As part of our sport’s concerted effort to manage the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Sauber Motorsport AG will therefore observe a shutdown period of 21 consecutive days between March 23rd and April 13th, 2020.