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Author Topic: corona virus and F1  (Read 3705 times)

Offline Dare

corona virus and F1
« on: February 27, 2020, 09:30:07 PM »
Could be a shorter season that we hoped for


https://www.planetf1.com/news/f1-corona virus/


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democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are
willing to work and give to those who would not."
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Thomas
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Offline Jericoke

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2020, 02:02:42 PM »
https://www.planetf1.com/news/f1-coronavirus/

China - Cancelled ('postponed')
Australia - prepared to cancel
Vietnam - prepared to cancel

Teams brought fewer personnel to testing than normal.  Particularly Ferrari.  (I've seen the news, wouldn't the engineers be SAFER in Spain than Italy?)

Is there a minimum number of races to have an F1 season?

Offline John S

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2020, 03:54:33 PM »
https://www.planetf1.com/news/f1-coronavirus/


Teams brought fewer personnel to testing than normal.  Particularly Ferrari.  (I've seen the news, wouldn't the engineers be SAFER in Spain than Italy?)


Think you'll find it was Ferrari being sensitive and showing they're trying to restrict infection travelling to Barcelona. There's a big unexplained pocket of Corvid-19 in Northern Italy.
Now where is Ferrari based - yup Northern Italy.

Racing is life - everything else is just waiting. (Steve McQueen)

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2020, 06:48:15 PM »
The Aussies are considering closing their borders, There is an outbreak in Viet Nam that has them thinking of closing their borders. If it worsens we could lose half the season.
Lonny

Offline Scott

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2020, 01:13:49 PM »
The Swiss government has banned any gathering of more than 1000 people.  Hockey is now played to empty arenas and televised.  All upcoming trade shows have been cancelled, including Auto Salon Geneva.  Concerts and festivals.  They have closed University of Bern and my son is telling me the rumours are that his University in Zurich will likely be closed (he has one class with 600 students in it).  The company where I work has 3000 employees on one campus.  I expect there to be fairly drastic people management coming soon, for instance closing the employee restaurant.

Pretty drastic measures. 

I personally think the time has passed to preventing the spread.  Now the focus needs to be on treatment and a vaccine.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2020, 01:15:49 PM by Scott »
The Honey Badger doesn't give a...

Offline Dare

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2020, 05:32:24 PM »
Seems like F1 is more concerned with having the races than
stopping the spread of the virus.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-motor-racing-f1-cannot-170023164.html
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Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2020, 07:31:42 PM »
Ferrari cancelled an 18 inch tire test due to Corona virus. World Superbike and Moto GP cancelled their Qatar races due to Qatar's travel restrictions on Italy.

https://www.racefans.net/2020/03/03/ferrari-cancels-thursdays-18-inch-tyre-test-due-to-coronavirus/
Lonny

Offline Scott

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2020, 08:20:41 PM »
The Honey Badger doesn't give a...

Offline Jericoke

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2020, 08:21:57 PM »
Seems like F1 is more concerned with having the races than
stopping the spread of the virus.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-motor-racing-f1-cannot-170023164.html

F1 is a multibillion dollar sport.  That money doesn't evaporate into the atmosphere, it pays engineers, cooks, track workers, souvenir stand operators etc.  Cancelling F1 does a lot of economic damage.

Now, obviously this has to be balanced with the damage to life that F1 could cause by being a vector to spread disease.  We don't NEED F1 to survive as a civilization, but we do need an economy to maintain the civilization we have.  F1 certainly creates a larger footprint on the world economy than most single sporting events.

What I AM curious about, let's say that Ferrari and Alpha Tauri aren't allowed to race.  Certainly if Ferrari pays to ship equipment to no race, it's no big deal.  What about Williams or Haas?  If they're paying to ship to races that don't happen, what's going to happen to them as a business?  Would the FIA consider operating non-championship races?  Would teams go for it?

I'm further curious what an F1 race weekend looks like with 'minimal personnel'.  The FIA might be able to find some genuine cost savings once we see what Ferrari deems 'essential' for operating a race weekend.

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2020, 08:52:29 PM »
NASCAR has a rule this year limiting the number of people teams can bring to a race.
Lonny

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2020, 07:33:20 PM »
Lonny

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2020, 07:36:01 PM »
Lonny

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2020, 07:52:34 PM »
It's only very indirectly related to F1, but Coronavirus is leveling the airline industry. Cathay Pacific is one of the hardest hit, but losses of 100 billion or more are predicted worldwide. It has a knock-on effect as airlines are delaying or cancelling orders for new airplanes, hurting Airbus and already compromised Boeing.

https://airlinerwatch.com/cathay-pacific-group-grounds-half-of-its-fleet-due-to-lack-of-demand/
Lonny

Offline cosworth151

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2020, 09:49:29 PM »
One of the biggest annual sports events here in Ohio has been hit by fear of the outbreak. The Arnold Sports Festival (as in Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been forced to cancel the Sports Expo part. The events will go on but without spectators. Only the parents of competitors under 17 will be admitted. This is by order of the State of Ohio. This will be a major hit to businesses in Columbus.

For more info, click on the State Order tab on their site:

https://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline lkjohnson1950

Re: corona virus and F1
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2020, 11:57:04 PM »
SXSW, a major Movie, Music and art Festival in Texas has been cancelled.

https://www.sxsw.com/2020-event-update/
Lonny

 


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