Tuesday, January 19, 2021

F1: Brawn says October is ‘drop-dead point’ for season

F1 Managing director Ross Brawn says the season might not get underway until October this year, but that the sport will still be able to hold a world championship.

With the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping through the world of sports, F1 has been very heavily impacted and has seen the first nine races of the season either postponed or cancelled.

For an F1 season to be counted as a world championship, the rules state that there must be a minimum of eight races held over the course of the year.

Brawn, who has been speaking to Sky about the season and when it could continue, said that October is the deadline for it to get underway.

“If you wanted a drop-dead point (deadline), it would be October,” Brawn said.

“But then there’s always the possibility we could run into next year, and that’s being explored – could we stray into January to finish the season.”

F1 still hoping for 8 races

So far, the only one of the nine grands prix to be cancelled permanently this season is the Monaco GP. The other eight have been merely postponed.

F1 hope to get the other eight races done at some point, but as Monaco’s cancellation proves, it’s much harder reschedule races that take place on temporary tracks, i.e street circuits.

By that logic, the Azerbaijan grand prix could be in trouble this season, as could the Singapore GP and the brand new Vietnam GP in Hanoi.

Brawn views October as the very latest the season could get underway but, if it was to be that late, the season would only be the bare minimum eight races long.

To get 19 races into the schedule, the season would realistically need to get underway in July.

Brawn says that, with all that’s going on, they might need to host the races without any spectators – but that “being able to put on a sport and entertain people would be a huge bonus.”

“We’re looking at the logistics of a closed race, how we would get the people there, how we would protect them, how we would make it safe,” Brawn said.

“We could have a very enclosed environment where the teams come in on charters (flights), we channel them into the circuit, we make sure everyone’s tested, cleared, there’s no risk to anyone and we have a race without spectators.

“That’s not great but I think it’s still better than no racing at all.

“I think we have to remember there’s millions of people that follow the sport sat at home… to be able to put on a sport and entertain people would be a huge bonus with this crisis we have.”

For more like this, visit our dedicated F1 page here. Meanwhile, follow us on Facebook for more opinions and analysis right to your timeline.

Similar Articles



A Review Of The NFL Divisional Round

The NFL Divisional Round is complete. In the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Kansas...

What’s with the Bristol City injury crisis?

Over the past few years, Bristol City have always seemed to pick up injuries...

Why Mesut Özil is an Arsenal Legend

After almost 8 years in North London, Mesut Özil has parted ways with Arsenal...

NFL Divisional Round Preview

The NFL Divisional Round gets underway tomorrow evening. Four of the eight teams left will...

Danny Ings: A Heartwarming Story

Danny Ings has scored 7 goals in the Premier League this season. He was...

Super Wildcard Weekend Review

Super Wildcard Weekend is over. After six games across the past two days, we...

Rob Holding Signs a New Deal at Arsenal

Following rumours that a new contract for Rob Holding was imminent, The Athletic have...

Are Manchester City Back?

Manchester City reached the League Cup final last week, after beating local rivals Manchester...

NFL Wildcard Round Preview

The NFL playoffs are here. Just fourteen teams remain. For the first time in NFL...

Rugby Union’s Best? Team of the Year 2020: Back Row and Half Backs

When I sat down to begin work on this series of posts, I anticipated...