A plan to move Formula 1’s summer break forward to March and April due to the Coronavirus is expected to be approved by the FIA World Motor Sports Council.As revealed by RaceFans earlier today, the usual annual mid-season break will also be extended from 14 days to 21. Several teams are already experiencing restrictions on their activities as a result of the global pandemic which has forced the cancellation of four grands prix and hundreds of other races.
RaceFans understands Ferrari was behind moves to bring the summer break forward. The team has already closed its factory, including its F1 operation as a result of the lockdown imposed in Italy to stop the spread of the virus.
While other teams remain open, staff who have returned from Australia following last week’s cancelled race are observing precautionary two-week self-isolation periods away from their bases.
Bringing the summer break forward will also give F1 more options to scheduled postponed races later in the year, if racing has resumed by then. The break was due to run between the Hungarian Grand Prix, on August 2nd, and Belgian Grand Prix, on August 30th.
The proposal has already been approved by the Formula 1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission. In order to come into effect it requires the approval of the WMSC, which will be sought via an electronic vote later today, and is expected to be granted.
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