Hear that? That’s the faint rumble of Formula 1 slowly, but surely, getting back up and running as Williams’ factory shutdown has ended.
The global health crisis has put the 2020 season on hold before it even had chance to start and, to try create much needed time and space for the second half of the year – where Formula 1 are hoping to complete a 19-race calendar – the traditional summer break was brought forward.
But whilst the traditional summer break sees all teams observe a 14-day period when their factories are shutdown, this summer break has lasted a whopping 63 days.
However, as Formula 1 prepares to return with a double header in Austria starting on July 5, Williams has reported back for duty albeit with a smaller team than usual.
They tweeted: ‘Our official factory shutdown comes to an end today & we welcome back a limited number of staff.
‘Whilst Grove looks a little different with strict social distancing measures in place, it definitely feels good to be back.’
Our official factory shutdown comes to an end today & we welcome back a limited number of staff.
— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) May 27, 2020
Williams did swiftly join fellow British team McLaren in being forced to furlough some staff back in April to help provide more financial protection at a time where it is not possible to race.
Drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, plus senior management, also took pay cuts to help the team get through these difficult times.
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