Australia repeat would be ‘disaster’ for Monza

Date published: April 16 2020

Monza kerb

ACI president Angelo Sticchi Damiani, has reiterated the need for caution when planning a revised Formula 1 2020 calendar.

There is some rather tentative hope that a 16-20 race calendar can be salvaged if and when various lockdown measures across the globe are relaxed.

Behind-closed-doors racing is a viable option, as are certain circuits hosting multiple races in order to help pack the race schedule as much as possible.

Formula 1 did try to get the season opener in Australia but finally came to the correct and safe decision to cancel, albeit just two hours before FP1 was due to start.

A scheduled, or rescheduled Italian Grand Prix, do not want the same series of unfortunate events to happen to them, though.

“We can no longer afford to make mistakes like in Australia, when the GP was cancelled with the public already at the track,” Damiani told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“That was a setback for everyone, from Liberty Media to the teams, to the local organisers. To start again and then be forced to stop would be a disaster.

“We are going through a situation of great uncertainty and in this moment we must act with caution and attention.

“The priority is to understand what happens in the countries that host the grands prix and in Italy and Great Britain, where most of the people in the paddock come from.

“The teams have asked for 90 days notice to start again and if we think about July we would already be late.

“Maybe there will be a rethink and 60 will be enough.”

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