Chase Carey Delivers a Word to F1 Fans as Situation Worsens Due to Coronavirus

Published 03/24/2020, 2:26 AM EDT


After postponing yet another race on the 2020 calendar, F1 CEO Chase Carey provided an update on the situation. Carey provided a rough estimate on the number of races that fans can anticipate this year. More importantly, F1 could breach the season’s official end date of 29th November.

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F1 CEO Carey gives an update

Yesterday, F1 put all rumours to rest by officially announcing the postponement of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. This is the eighth track to fall victim to the epidemic that’s rapidly spreading worldwide. As things stand, the new start date for the season is the Canadian Grand Prix. However, even this seems unlikely considering the restrictions in the North American country.

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In his update, Carey stuck to the word that’s been constantly thrown around during these events – ‘fluid’. Furthermore, the CEO clarified that it was impossible to predict a concrete start to the 2020 season. However, Carey guaranteed that the season would get underway at some point in 2020.
“We recognise there is significant potential for additional postponements in currently scheduled events, nonetheless we and our partners fully expect the season to start at some point this summer, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races.”
“As previously announced we will utilise the summer break being brought forward to March/April to race during the normal summer break period, and anticipate the season end date will extend beyond our original end date of 27-29th November” reads Carey’s official statement on F1’s website.
Assuming the season actually does begin by mid-June, trying to fit in 18 races is a mammoth task. I’m afraid Carey’s a bit too optimistic on his best estimate regarding races. Should things cool down and normalcy return, 15 races sound like an achievable target.
With F1 bringing the summer break forward, the sport will go racing between August and September.

How many races can we expect?

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“Between Formula 1, the teams and the FIA, working with our key stakeholders, we are planning and fully committed to returning to the track at the earliest opportunity to commence the 2020 seasonreads another excerpt.
F1 won’t go racing in Monaco and Australia in 2020. Considering the situation in China and Italy, it seems unlikely for F1 to go racing in these countries. That brings the tally down to 18 races.
Spain is another track that F1 can afford to miss as it isn’t exactly a cash cow. From a fan’s perspective, losing France wouldn’t hurt too much either. That leaves 16 races to play with, in a span of 5 months.

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F1 has its work cut out in trying to make something out of a season that’s rapidly running out of time.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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