Formula 1 personnel will be tested for COVID-19 every two days as part of the sport’s ‘biosphere’ plan to resume racing, says managing director Ross Brawn.
Having seen the first 10 races of the season either cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Brawn shed some light on the extreme biosecurity measures that will be taken to try and get the season underway.
“We’re working together with the FIA, and the FIA are putting together a great structure for what we need,” Brawn told Sky Sports F1. “Everyone [in the paddock] will be tested, and will have clearance before they can go in.
“And then every two days they’ll be tested whilst they’re in the paddock.
“That will be an authorised authority and will be consistent, certainly for all the European races we’ll be using the same facility to conduct that testing.
“We can ensure that everybody has been tested who is in that environment [is] tested regularly.”
Additionally, F1 will take steps to limit inter-team interaction in order to limit the spread of a confirmed case.
“We’ll have restrictions on how people move around within the paddock,” Brawn said.
“We can’t have staff that socially distance so we have to create an environment within itself that is effectively a small bubble of isolation.
“The teams will stay within their own groups. They won’t mingle with other teams and they’ll stay in their own hotels. There will be no motorhomes there.”
At the same time, Brawn concedes that some F1 staffers will need to interact with multiple teams, but insists is a problem that can be overcome.
“We’re just working with those people who sometimes have to go to all the garages, how that [will work] and what we can do there. So there’s a tremendous amount of work going on between ourselves and the FIA.
“I’m very encouraged by what I’m seeing and what I’m hearing, we’ll be able to provide a safe environment that we can still [race] properly.”