The COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging through the world today, and it has caused some major changes in the 2021 F1 calendar. The authorities have been forced to postpone at least two Grand Prix weekends, and Beat Zehnder, the sport director for Alfa Romeo, believes that there will be more victims.
Need to take it step by step: Alfa Romeo sport director
Zehnder, speaking in an interview with AutoMotorundSport, said, ( translated via Google) ” What we do know is Melbourne has been postponed. That China and Vietnam are canceled. Personally, I believe that we have to take the season step by step after the start in Bahrain.
“As things stand today, we could go to Imola. But I cannot imagine that the government in England will let us drive a Grand Prix with the current infection situation.”
He added, “As of today, we probably couldn’t go to the Nürburgring either. The whole situation is very volatile. The vaccination will work at some point, but it doesn’t happen as quickly as we all hoped it would.”
“I think that will only help us in the second half of the season. At the moment I don’t see that we can drive on temporary tracks, even if Monte Carlo has assured that they want to run the race.”
This season has already seen the cancelation of the season opener in Australia. Instead, it will take place in Bahrain on March 28, with pre-season testing taking place March 12-14.
With just three days of winter testing, drives won’t get much practice with their new cars, especially those switching teams. So, in this rollercoaster of a season, they will have to trust instincts just as much they’ll have to trust their skills.
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