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Grosjean: We need to go racing

Haas driver Romain Grosjean has revealed the active role the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association is taking in getting the 2020 Formula 1 season underway, saying drivers are ready to work around the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A director of the GPDA, Grosjean detailed just how the organisation is working with F1 bosses to see racing resume

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“We have got a WhatsApp group and it has been very active, I must say,” he told Sky Sports. “A lot of discussions on different subjects.

“We had a call with Formula 1, Chase Carey and Ross [Brawn]. I just couldn’t make the call, but I know Alex [Wurz, GPDA chairman] and Sebastian [Vettel, GPDA director] were on it, and then I got the feedback.

“We are trying to be as much as we can involved; trying to help the best we can because to help the teams we need to go racing earlier than later.

“Obviously not doing anything costs money for nothing and if we can go racing then we know what’s happening.”

At the same time ,Grosjean acknowledges the resumption of racing is unlikely to look like what F1 drivers are used to, including significantly-extended stays away from home.

“We’re going to go back to racing and driving cars, but also we’ll have a limited amount of people around and no spectators. So, some things will be very different and some things will be the same.

“It’s going to be hard to be away, but we’re all aware that could happen,” he admits. “It could be four races in a row in Europe and if we go to Asia, is it going to be the same thing? We may be away for a month.

“So we’ve just got to be prepared. It’s going to be different, it’s not going to be what we used to have in terms of flying as late as you can [into the country] and as early off as you can. But we need to go racing, we need to do the best for everyone, and if it takes a little bit of time away so be it.”

“But it’s going to be good. Everyone is looking forward to going back racing.”