“I think that will dictate also next year’s calendar”- Sebastian Vettel thinks that Covid-19 is still going to have lasting effects on 2021 season.
The COVID-19 pandemic saw a huge impact on how the sport was conducted in 2020, but with the virus still ravaging the human lives across the globe, Sebastian Vettel still thinks that the virus is going to affect the following season.
When asked by MotorsportWeek.com whether a 23-event schedule risked saturation point Vettel replied: “Well obviously we’re not going 23 times to the same place because then I would say definitely yes.
“But it is a world championship and it is held around the world so probably not, but then again we have a large following not just on the track but also on the screens.
“I think far more important is whether the teams will be able to make 23 races because it is quite a bit of an effort, it is not just the one and a half hours you see on a Sunday, it’s a lot more work behind the scenes.
“Then the other one even before that is what type of beginning of the season we will have and how long the situation around the pandemic will last.
“I think that will dictate also next year’s calendar and probably at least the start of the season. We all hope by then we are back to normal, people are allowed to come to the races etc, and yeah, we can focus on the racing again,” he concluded.
A strange season was 2020
This season saw a tedious task ahead of the Formula 1 management to control the spread of the virus while also conducting 17 races, with 14 races successfully completed, and now only a doubleheader in Bahrain and Grand Prix in UAE is left.
This season saw multiple crew members being diagnosed with the virus, and even Sergio Perez caught it ahead of the British Grand Prix. But in the end, FIA managed to go with things ahead and safely brought rest of the drivers into the last month of the season.
But soon, the new season will be launched in Australia, with a small window of car testing in between.