Travel plans could halt F1 season, says Brown

Date published: May 5 2020 - Michelle Foster

McLaren boss Zak Brown

Even if the 2020 season gets underway in Europe that doesn’t mean F1 will be heading to Asia or the Americas.

That’s according to McLaren chief Zak Brown, who says travelling – especially flying – could be too dangerous even in a few months’ time.

Formula 1 bosses are hoping to begin the 2020 championship in July, starting with two grands prix at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.

After that the sport will head to the United Kingdom for a double-header at Silverstone before staying in Europe for another month.

Liberty Media then wants to head to Asia and the Americans before wrapping up the campaign in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

However, the latter races are all long-haul events which mean hours spent in aeroplanes and increased danger.

Most countries have shut down international flights with predictions that it will be one of the last enterprises to open its doors.

Brown is instead advocating for more double-headers and less travel.

“I think we will do a couple of races in Austria, a couple of races at Silverstone,” Brown told Motorsport.com.

“If we start running into issues with travelling, then I think you could see doubling up some other races.

“I’m going to assume that we’re going to hit a glitch, somewhere along the way.

“If we want to go to Asia, or America, I think it’s going to be when we get on planes and have to fly overseas where I think the risk will start to potentially get greater.”

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