Jean Todt not expecting “a normal F1 season” in 2021


Components 1 confronted an unprecedented 2020 season of 17 rounds in Europe and the Coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary heart East attributable to COVID-19 pandemic, with a late begin in July and a extraordinarily congested schedule that bumped into December.

Remaining month, the World Motor Sport Council accepted a report 23-race calendar for 2021 that sees F1’s typical flyaway races return to their unusual slots.

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Pretty plenty of weeks earlier, outgoing F1 boss Chase Carey talked regarding the recreation was “planning for 2021 occasions with followers that present an expertise near widespread and anticipate our agreements to be honoured”, nonetheless in response to FIA president Todt, the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic are “not over” as he braces for additional modifications to the schedule.

On Monday, Motorsport.com realized that the season-opening Australian Grand Prix is ready to be postponed.

“Sadly, it is not over,” Todt talked about. “It is not an an equal to the season is ending, [so] we begin from a white piece of paper. Lockdown continues to be going to occur, confinement, the virus is there.

“There was progress. We anticipate a vaccine, so it would appropriately most positively be good for the inhabitants, good for the planet to have the flexibleness to look at from that.

“Nonetheless I am constructive that over the following days, we’ll hear pretty a substantial amount of potential modifications on the totally completely completely totally fully totally fully completely completely different calendars, not solely Components 1, nonetheless on completely completely totally fully totally fully completely completely different calendars.

“If I wanted to commit on a as shortly as additional to sort of widespread, similtaneously shortly as I actually actually really actually really actually really actually really feel it would appropriately most positively be a specific life behind the COVID-19 disaster, I ponder half of subsequent 12 months, individually, won’t be as we might have anticipated to have in an unusual season.”

Todt has praised Components 1’s efforts to place collectively an emergency calendar for 2020, which included two races apiece in each Spielberg and Silverstone and a shock return to Istanbul Park and Imola together with F1 debuts for Mugello and Portimao.

“I actually actually really actually really actually really actually really feel the 2020 season was an superior season and with a complete lot of creativity,” Todt added.

“Who might want guessed one 12 months to date after we met in Paris that we would have three grands prix in Italy, back-to-back [races] on the equal circuit in Austria, in Silverstone, exact racing all by means of the Bahrain Grand Prix, in Turkey, so that’s sometimes a credit score rating score rating score rating score rating score to Components 1.

“I wish to furthermore spotlight the carry out that was carried out by Chase Carey and his administration of Components 1, working with the FIA in the event you occur to see what has been achieved to restrict the dad and mom sufferer of COVID-19 in motor racing.”

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