F1 is aware that Portugal is going through its worst moment of the pandemic
Domenicali confirms that if Portimao falls, it can start with two races in Bahrain
Stefano Domenicali, president of Formula 1, admits that it is not clear that they will be able to hold a race in Portugal in April due to the country’s bad covid-19 data. Thus, he confirms that starting the season with a double Grand Prix in Bahrain is a possibility.
Despite the uncertainty, Domenicali is still confident in celebrating the 23 appointments they have announced for this year, although he insists that they must be flexible.
“We all thought this season would be better than the last, but it is not. However, we have organized a 23-race championship, the largest in history, and I am still convinced that it can be achieved. But obviously we have to be flexible. We have several plans already made, “Domenicali commented at a press conference from his home in Monza, as reported by the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The president of Formula 1 is aware of the critical point that Portugal is experiencing right now, which is going through the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic and ensures that if Portimao fails, it is possible that they can hold two races in Bahrain.
“Two races in Bahrain? It’s a posibility, Portugal has not yet been confirmed because the situation is not yet clear … I confirm, instead, that Imola will take place. Every day I listen to the organizers, everyone is ready to organize the races, with or without an audience, “he added.
CHINA, THE DESTINATION RESERVES
On the other hand, China still has no date on the calendar. Although the country has canceled all international events until summer, Domenicali points out Shanghai as an alternative if any of the tests of the second half of the year fail them.
“The Government has let us know that it will not host international events until the summer, but you know how important this market is for us, Shanghai can take over in case of any cancellation,” he said.
NEW EQUIPMENT IN THE FUTURE?
Despite the situation, Domenicali has highlighted the economic health of F1. The F1 president sees optimistic signs for the future, as he assures that more than one team has already taken an interest in joining the Grand Circus in the future.
“Obviously covid-19 has had an impact on the finances of the Grand Prix and the opposite would have been strange, but our shareholders are solid and have enough liquidity to be able to guarantee the sustainability of Formula 1, the situation is already better than the last year and we hope to return to normal by the end of the year, “he said.
“Not only that: In recent weeks we have seen the interest of some teams for a possible participation in the World Championship“, has revealed the person in charge to finish.
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