F1 racing: Covid-19 headache, abolish summer vacation

Summer break between each F1 season is always an important time to help thousands of members of the racing team to rest after months of non-stop work with a series of races taking place.

However, based on the current real situation of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional summer vacation will turn to spring and get ready for the season to return as soon as possible.

As mentioned in previous articles, FIA’s sports regulations require a two-week total closure of the factory and other F1-related activities with racing teams during the August break. annual. This year it was moved to March and April due to the complicated course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing time was extended to 21 days.

In its announcement, the FIA ​​stated that the change in this F1 2020 sports standard was approved by the World Sports Racing Council, and was agreed by all 10 racing teams, strategic teams and boards. F1. The teams also made their own official announcement, stating that they support the FIA’s decision to change the shut downtime and also update the specific time or period of stopping all activities at the university his headquarters.

Red Bull is expected to be closed from March 27 to April 17, Alfa Romeo from March 23 to April 13 and Ferrari from March 19 to August 8. They will also try to comply strictly with the COVID-19 disease prevention regulations, especially at the team’s headquarters, as well as hope their colleagues at McLaren or supplier Pirelli (have been positive with the virus) will soon recover and return to normal life.

So what does the closure of this factory mean for the tournament and the racing teams? First, this provision was introduced for two main reasons. The first is the most painful problem that exists at the moment, cutting costs because some facilities need huge amounts of money to be able to operate, such as the wind tunnel of each team, used for vehicle testing purposes. So they need to be suspended for a certain period of time.

The second is to spend valuable time with team members being able to rest at home and recharge for the sprint phase of the tournament.

Once the factories and headquarters are in the closed phase, this will look like a real “ghost base”. All activities related to vehicle development are prohibited, and the departments of design, research and development, production and manufacturing are stopped.

Even checking and responding to email regarding technical issues via text and telephone are prohibited. With a 50-week non-stop high-intensity work frequency during the year, the 14-day closure is a “sedative” to all members of the teams.

However, the headquarters is not necessarily 100% closed when the marketing, finance and legal teams will continue to operate because their work does not directly affect the strength of the vehicle. This is also an opportunity for facilities to be refurbished, maintained as well as to upgrade the common system to minimize the possibility of sudden interruptions during operation.