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    Should F1 start Racing in May?


    The EU parliament has been discussing the possibility of lifting the lockdown in mid may. A move that is well supported but does have its oppositions in some countries like France that is pushing for September at the earliest. Some countries have started to relax the lockdown. Apparently, Austria is allowing restaurants to open for business. All the signs are suggesting that the earliest window for F1 to commence some form of racing is looking possible in a matter of weeks.

    If the EU Parliament approves a relax of the lockdown in May this year, closed racing in Europe is very feasible and highly likely by June at the latest; it appears. Chances for a 15 race season now seems conceivable.

    Is a closed race a wellcomed prospect for you the fans? Personally, l would love it.
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    I would not like any sporting event behind closed doors.
    There need to be people there, a few years ago, Tony Kanaan complaint how only 5,000 people attended a race at Fontana.
    I strongly believe the athletes need to perform in front of spectators, and that vibe shows on TV as well.
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    Anything is better than current e-race F1

    Im ok with no spectators but real cars.
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    According to wikipedia, the 2020 F1 season will start in late June with French GP and then proceed as planned with 12 rounds, and we know that everything on wikipedia is always true.

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    May, even behind closed doors, would be great. At this point, I'll be happy with whatever we can get.
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    I think the decision when to end the lock-down will be taken by the individual member states, not the EU, which seems reasonable to me as the countries are in different stages of the virus and not all are affected by it in the same way.
    I don't see any racing in May, with the Dutch and Spanish GPs already officially postponed and Monaco cancelled and any other venue stepping in needing a few weeks of preparation (as would the teams). At the earliest, I could see a race happening at the end of June, although I doubt it would be the French GP, as France has effectively prolonged the lock-down until the end of August.
    More likely would be a start in Austria, where the government has already stated it would not oppose a race held without spectators.

    And while a race without spectators is not perfect, it's not that uncommon - it used to be called the Grand Prix of Turkey or India
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    All the cars but no spectators would be better than all the spectators and (virtually) no cars (like the Indy F1 a number of years ago).

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    Nearly every country must be out of lock-down before F1 can resume, otherwise they cant travel... (England, Italy, HAAS is from USA...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantealex View Post
    Nearly every country must be out of lock-down before F1 can resume, otherwise they cant travel... (England, Italy, HAAS is from USA...)
    I think May 19th has been agreed in the EU. Most coutries like the Netherlands, Austria, Germany etc are already planning to lift the lockdown on the 19th of May. Haas build their cars in Italy l think. Though drivers are scattered all over the world. Gasly in Dubai , Ricciado in Australia, Hamilton probably in the US. Kyvat, Giovinassi etc in Monaco. Vettel in Germany, all UK drivers in UK. I suspect Bottas and Raikonen are in Finland. Bringing these guys together for a race may be difficult too. Especially for those outside the euro zone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrodaze View Post
    I think May 19th has been agreed in the EU. Most coutries like the Netherlands, Austria, Germany etc are already planningb to lift the lockdown on the 19th of May.
    I live in Austria, but I have not heard anything about May 19. Austria has already started to ease some of the restrictions, like opening smaller shops on April 14, with the rest to follow on May 2. Restaurants and hotels will remain closed at least until mid-May, while any events with spectators remain forbidden until the end of August.

    There will be no sudden lifting of the lock-down on a given date, and certainly not on the same date in all of the EU countries, as they have been affected quite differently. Rather, this will be a gradual process bound to happen at a different pace in each of the member states.
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