‘Double-header weekends in alternate directions’

Date published: April 8 2020

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Considering ways to get in as many races as possible in just a few months, Nico Rosberg is advocating for “double header weekends” with races run in both directions.

Earlier this week the 2020 Formula 1 calendar was slashed to 13 grands prix as Canada joined the list of venues postponing its grand prix.

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is hoping to find a spot on a revised calendar when it is “safe” to return to racing.

In the meantime the season is down to 13 races with France on June 28th the opening race of the championship.

Even that, though, is in doubt leaving F1 boss Chase Carey’s prediction of a “15 to 18” race season on the line.

With no idea when the 2020 championship will eventually get underway, the chances of Formula 1 hosting 15 grands prix seems slim even if it pushes through to December.

Creative solutions will be needed.

Rosberg suggests “double-headers” with the race run clockwise on the Saturday and anti-clockwise the next day.

He told Deutsche Welle: “Maybe they can get a little bit creative and do doubleheader weekends where perhaps on a Saturday they go one way around the racetrack and the other way around on Sunday.”

The German is also in favour of the season getting underway wihtout spectators.

Earlier this year Bahrain had said it would run its grand prix behind closed doors only to later postpone the race when one person in the paddock fell ill.

Rosberg added: “It helps that we can hold races without spectators.

“That will allow some races to happen sooner, because that will allow us to race even with the limitations of not having more than 100 people in one place.

“Races can then still be held.

“So that’s a little advantage.”

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