By: Ashley McCubbin
There won’t be any real-time action for Formula 1 in the coming weeks, as the Formula 1 Shutdown period has been extended. While originally set to be a length of three weeks, it has now been extended to 35 days.
The shutdown means departments such as design, research and development, production and build must down tools. A recent rule change extended the closure to power unit manufacturers, too, as rulemakers moved to cut costs.
Each team can choose when and how to inflict their shutdown, whether beginning in March, April, or extending into May. Ferrari, for example, was set to end their shutdown period on April 8.
The FIA added in their statement, “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.”
Meanwhile, the proposed return of Formula 1 action was set to take place at the Canadian Grand Prix on June 14. That is no longer the case, with the series organizer postponing the event.
“This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily,” the statement from the promoters read. “Over the past month, we have been in constant communication with Formula 1 and representatives from the city of Montréal, Tourism Montreal and both provincial and federal governments.
“We have heard the directives issued by public health officials and as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are following the expert guidance provided by the authorities.
“Our thoughts and most sincere thanks go to the men and women working tirelessly to keep us healthy, safe and fed during these uncertain times.”
Details surrounding the new revamped schedule will be released as we get closer to resuming action. The other two statements released in correlation with the postponement are included below.
Francois Dumontier, President and CEO Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, added: “I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis. At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome COVID-19. We will welcome you with open arms t Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, said: “We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community. We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.”
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