Formula One chairman Chase Carey has acknowledged the possibility that the Formula One world championship may not return for the 2020 season admit the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The sport is currently working out a sustainable plan to restart the Formula 1 season after the Australian Grand Prix was called off just hours before Friday Practice.
It is understood that the sport will hold its inaugural race of the season at the Red Bull Ring in Austria behind closed doors, where team members will undergo testing every 48 hours.
While F1 has a solid plan to host double header races in Austria and Silverstone to kick off the season, the unpredictability and fast changing dynamic of the global pandemic means there is a “remote possibility” that there are no races in the 2020 season.
“We are making good headway on having races that can be secure and safe for everyone,” Chase Carey is quoted on the BBC, speaking about Formula 1 returning for the 2020 season.
“We expect the European races to be without fans,
“We hope to be able to allow fans to attend in the latter part of the year” and that he was “increasingly positive about the number of locations that will be able and want to host a race this year”.
The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association have revealed that they are “confident” with Formula 1’s safety precautions put in place for the return of F1 at the Austrian Grand Prix in July.
“They are really trying their best and doing it in a typical F1 safety way, which is immaculate,” GDPA chairman Alex Wurz told the Guardian.
“The drivers have been reassured today, I can only underline that. I feel confident that the right steps are being made in an efficient timeframe and unless outside circumstances intervene I believe we could start the 2020 season in Austria in July.”
GDPA chairman Alex Wurz also believes F1 could set an example to other key sporting bodies how to restart business amid the global pandemic.
“We are used to operating under the very strictest safety rules that make racing so safe,”
“F1 can once again be a pioneer in this direction and make it a best practice example for other industries.”