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FIA adds two weeks to Formula 1 ‘summer’ shutdown

Formula 1 rule-makers, the FIA, have mandated an extension of the ‘summer’ shut down for teams by another two weeks as the globe battles COVD-19.

Teams are amid an agreed mandatory shut-down brought forward from the traditional August month in the F1 calendar, to now, and this has been extended for a further 14 days as no clarity lies ahead for F1 this year, or any sport for that matter, as the pandemic wreaks havoc with well-laid plans.

FIA Statement:

Following unanimous approval by the Formula 1 Strategy Group, Commission and all teams, the World Motor Sport Council has ratified by e-vote the decision to extend the Formula 1 shutdown period from 21 to 35 days, to be taken in March, April and/or May, for all competitors and Power Unit manufacturers.

Further discussions regarding this topic remain open between the FIA, Formula 1 and all teams in light of the ongoing global impact of COVID-19.