Following the announcement on Monday of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the Canadian Grand Prix, scheduled for the weekend of June 12-14, has become the 2020 Formula One season opener.
Of course, due to the global coronavirus epidemic, there will be little chance of a race in Montreal in mid-June.
Dumontier also told Motorsport.com in an interview he spoke of a “hopeful but realistic” attitude:
“As you might expect, you have been negotiating Formula 1 almost every day. I am also in constant contact with the local authorities, the city and the government. The race is still on the calendar with the date of June 14th. We are confident, but we are realistic. We still have a couple of weeks to make the decision – three to four weeks – before we have to start preparing the course, building the stands. ”
“If we have to decide on a deferral, we will make that decision together with F1 after Easter.”
In Canada, due to the outbreak, all non-vital economic activities have been shut down by April 13, so the track is out of work now, and that preparation could only begin after Easter.
If the turn is postponed, the Montreal race will not be easy to get back on the calendar.
“We haven't thought about a replacement date, but I think F1 should be a partner because it's impossible to run a race here after mid-October,” he said of the arrival of the winter weather.
“It would be very bad if we couldn't arrange the race. Of course, F1 also has to adapt to the global situation, so if we get there, we have to work 2021. As I said, we are confident, but we are realistic. The situation has to be weighed from hour to hour. But we still have two or three weeks. If we have to postpone, we postpone, because the most important thing is to be able to compete in safe conditions for spectators, pilots and workers alike. ”
Of course, Dumontier's confidence seems rather futile, even though there are two or three weeks left until the decision, it is already clear that Easter will not be any better, and in North America the crisis will not really start – by the way, the rest of the world expect countless restrictions to be lifted by mid-April.
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