F1 are considering two races at one track

Date published: May 1 2020

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Formula 1’s managing director, Ross Brawn, has said bosses are looking into hosting more than one race at certain tracks in 2020.

Liberty Media are trying to get the show back on the road again and complete a 15-18 race season this year, but are faced with a wealth of logistical challenges in order to achieve the new aim.

But Brawn thinks that by further limiting the travel that key personnel make, Formula 1 can keep people safe and rack up the races in the process.

He went on to say the perfect place to implement this would be Austria, given its unique location.

“It’s a real consideration because one of the logistical challenges is getting everyone tested and cleared to enter the paddock, to enter the racing environment,” Brawn told the official Formula 1 podcast.

“I think once we do that it’s very attractive to keep everyone in that environment, within that biosphere, for another race.

“It’s also pretty challenging to find the right races early on where we can control the environment well enough.

“Austria fits that bill very well. It has a local airport that people can charter planes to. It’s not close to a metropolis, it has the right infrastructure around it, in that there’ll be no motorhomes but there’ll be a full catering facility laid on that the circuit has.

“We can basically contain everyone within that environment and therefore once we’re there it’s appealing to have another race the following week.”

Formula 1’s Plan B has been labelled as ambitious by some, but Brawn has assured everyone that every measure to safeguard the health of everyone involved will be implemented.

He added: “We’re working our way through all the requirements to make sure we operate in a safe environment for the drivers, engineers, technicians, for everyone involved, and we put on the right show.

“It’s important to get the season going, for many reasons, one is obviously to excite the fans, we’ve all been frustrated by the delays and it’s also a very important livelihood for thousands of people.”

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