Ross Brawn Suggests F1 Calendar Reshuffle, Which May See August Racing

by Ellie Jane

Ross Brawn told Sky Sports the rescheduling of different races in the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship could see racing over the planned summer break.

Formula 1 has been forced to take a small hiatus in racing after the 2020 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix which was scheduled for last weekend at Albert Park was cancelled after the McLaren F1 Team pulled out of the weekend due to the coronavirus outbreak affecting their team. This paired with the agreement of the rest of the F1 grid caused cancellation.

The following day the 2020 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix and 2020 Formula 1 Vietnam Grand Prix were postponed meaning the season would start in Europe in May.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Mercedes AMG Petronas boss explained that the aim is to change the position and timing of the races. This could mean F1 will forfeit the summer break which is set to take place after the 2020 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Maybe we take a hiatus, we take a pause – and then we use that opportunity to say right, for this time at the beginning of the year we won’t have any races, we’ll look at relocating those races later in the year

He explained his process labelling the August break as the place where races could resume, including the possibility of the 2020 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

He however mentioned, that there is still a lot of races, as it currently stands at 18 races, with the four postponed or cancelled races not included.

I think by freeing up the August break, we give ourselves several weekends where we can have a race. And I think we can build a pretty decent calendar for the rest of the year.

It will look different, but it will still preserve a good number of races, and they’re exciting races. So the season’s going to start later, but I think it will be just as entertaining.”

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