“It’s not over yet”- Jean Todt says F1 season 2021 will pose more COVID-19 challenges, as he cites preventive guidelines of host countries.
The 2020 season miraculously saw its completion, when no one in summer expected it to be ever done, as an F1 season requires a tour around several countries.
But with good coordination between the teams and FIA, the season saw its completion this month after running 17 races. Now, with other countries opening their gates for 2021 season, FIA President Jean Todt mentions that the following season will be equally challenging.
“2020 was a great season in which we saw a lot of creativity,” says Todt ahead of the FIA Prize Giving gala. “Who would have guessed a year ago that we would have three races in Italy and multiple races in a row on the same circuit?”
“We have worked hard to reduce the number of Covid-19 victims in the world of motor racing. But unfortunately, it’s not over yet. There are still lockdowns, and the virus is still there.”
“Progress is being made and we are expecting a vaccine, but I think we will soon see potential adjustments to the calendar. I don’t think at least half of next year will be as normal,” says Todt.
Longest ever season in the history of F1
On Thursday, FIA announced that 2021 season will be the longest F1 season of all time, with over 23 Grand Prix races will be conducted over the course of the proposed calendar.
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As usual, the first Grand Prix of the season will start from Australia on 21 March and the ending of the season will be in Abu Dhabi on 6 December.
Moreover, like a few Grand Prix in the latter part of the season permitted fans inside the venues, the 2021 season might see an additional number of circuits allowing fans to flood the stands.