The Formula 1 show will proceed, even if coronavirus infection is found in the paddock, according to FIA president Professor Gerard Saillant. The season opener was called off in Australia after they considered the McLaren mechanic positive. Already the F1 is aiming to get back to the back race weekend in Austria in July with the spectator-less.
“If there is a new epidemic, the world championship must not pause,” Saillant told L’Equipe. “It will be like suggesting we shut the subway because a good passenger has been found.”This is a simple change of direction for Formula 1, he admitted.”The situation in Australia has changed as opposed to March,” said the Frenchman, who is one of the world’s leading orthopedic surgeons.
“We now have a simple test system to confirm the diagnosis and we can isolate and check those people who have been in touch with a positive case.”He admitted, however, that coronavirus is a difficult situation for an international sport such as F1.”If a circuit is in the countryside it is different from one in the region,” Saillant said.
“The method developed for Austria may vary from those developed in Germany or Hungary. Each country has its own rules.”If we keep the Grand Prix in Singapore or Vietnam, then again something is different. The Government of Singapore can allow the entire paddock to be quarantined for two weeks before we can get on the track.
“In Austria, the country is emerging from a crisis that turned out to be very mild there. Everything is fairly safe and with all the proposed steps being implemented, there will be no problems.”Maybe in July there will be fresh, quicker tests that will produce results in a few minutes, and a thousand people won’t have to wait before all the results arrive,” he added.