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Long wait

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Ok, this has been the longest winter break in my memory and it's still going on. Being home all the time, it would be so nice to have a little distraction with some racing, but nooooo!
Ross Brawn is babbling about an early July start date for the season with up to 19 races like 3 weekends a race, one weekend off, 3 weekends a race, one weekend off, etc., with 2-day races (thus, condensed schedule) and with the first race in Europe behind closed doors. If that's not possible, he's talking about a later start in October in order to cram in the minimum number of 8 races for a championship possibly extending racing into January.
Todt is talking about the need for changes in how F1 goes about the business, the budget cap may have to come down even more (150 or 100m). Zak Brown is talking about the possibility of F1 losing up to 4 teams due to the impact of Covid-19.
Frankly, I'm worried that this whole mess might deal a lethal blow to F1 as we know it. :yikes: :deathshead: :yellowyikes:
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Agree DD, the budget caps will make matters worse in the coming months too.

I’ve heard July too.

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Still no better outlook as far as I can tell. Scrambling. Doomsday prophecies about losing teams if racing doesn't get on the way soon.
Depressing...
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Might not be a bad thing as F1 has become a bloated, boring source of sports entertainment. I’ve said it many times over the past few yrs but we used to have friends come over and watch races. Now not even my son and wife have the slightest interest and my wife was a huge Hammy fan. We opted to not take free tickets to last yrs Montreal event. I no longer bother to watch events that are run during the afternoon (Toronto time) as I only record or have it on live if it is in the morning so it is background noise to reading the news feeds on the iPad while drinking morning coffee. Will see what happens AC (after corona) and where ppl will spend their discretionary income that has been severely reduced for many. If C-19 does make it return as many infectious disease specialists think then all these sports will be in serious trouble. Read that they ran a virtual NASCAR or INDY race - never bothered to read what actually happened or how widely it was followed. I understand that a number of the cities that pay the enormous fees to run an event are wanting to renegotiate.

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Green light given to 2020 Belgian GP behind closed doors

The prospect of a 2020 Belgian Grand Prix going ahead this year has been given a boost following an announcement from the Wallonia government.

In April, a ban on mass events in the country was extended until the end of August, placing the event in major doubt amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, Spa-Francorchamps is set to re-open its doors on Monday, May 18th, after Belgium's National Security Council announced that sporting facilities can once again operate under strict conditions.

The government affirmed that while a race in 2020 with no fans is now a possibility, it will only become reality if frequent good hygiene and social distancing measures are practiced.

The 2020 Formula 1 season is set to kick off at the start of July with two consecutive rounds at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

It is not yet known where Spa-Francorchamps could fall onto the schedule, as the sport is working to fix up a calendar in order to resume racing.

The prospect of a 2020 Belgian Grand Prix going ahead this year has been given a boost following an announcement from the Wallonia government.

In April, a ban on mass events in the country was extended until the end of August, placing the event in major doubt amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, Spa-Francorchamps is set to re-open its doors on Monday, May 18th, after Belgium's National Security Council announced that sporting facilities can once again operate under strict conditions.

The government affirmed that while a race in 2020 with no fans is now a possibility, it will only become reality if frequent good hygiene and social distancing measures are practiced.

The 2020 Formula 1 season is set to kick off at the start of July with two consecutive rounds at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

It is not yet known where Spa-Francorchamps could fall onto the schedule, as the sport is working to fix up a calendar in order to resume racing.
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