Latifi: Difficult to get back into a rhythm

Date published: May 11 2020

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Nicholas Latifi admits it will be difficult for everyone, including the drivers, to get into a rhythm when Formula 1 returns.

Formula 1 is currently on an extended hiatus, with the sport’s bosses hoping to get the 2020 season underway in July.

That means the very first lap of the championship will take place four months after the final laps were completed in pre-season testing.

It is a long break not only for the drivers but also the mechanics.

From putting in laps for the drivers to changing tyres for the mechanics, Formula 1 has done nothing since going an early summer break in March.

That break was extended through to the end of May.

“There will be a lot of rust from all aspects, from the drivers, the mechanics, the teams,” Latifi told Sky Sports F1.

“I think it’s often overlooked from the fans that from the operational side of things, there’s so many procedures and things that have to be operated flawlessly.

“When you’re out of the rhythm for so long, it will be a bit difficult to get back into it.”

By the time the 2020 season begins with FP1 in Austria, hopefully, it will have been four months since the drivers last put in a lap in a Formula 1 car.

Usually they have winter testing to get themselves into a rhythm but Formula 1 has already stated there will be no additional testing before the start of the season.

“Winter testing is one of the biggest opportunities for them to iron out all those kinks, especially for us drivers,” Latifi added.

“They’ve got to get back into the rhythm after a winter break.

“Now we have pretty much an extended pre-season. I’m definitely not treating it like a holiday, it’s just a longer pre-season training camp, let’s say.

“It has been weird not knowing when we’re going to get back racing. We’re still training, we’re still ready in case we’re going racing in a few weeks now. It’s obviously that unknown factor, just having to stay sharp.”

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