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FiestaST

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Heineken F1 Joburg Festival Postponed Due To Coronavirus

After all the cancellations this week this was inevitable but we now have official confirmation from the organisers that the Formula 1 festival due to be held in Sandton has been postponed.

Formula 1® has today announced that due to the ongoing global situation regarding COVID-19 the Heineken ® F1 Joburg Festival due to take place on the 29th March has been postponed to protect the safety of all fans and participants attending the event.

Formula 1®, together with Heineken ®, SAGP and the Gauteng Province remain committed to bringing the excitement of F1 back to South Africa and any decision on rescheduling will be made at the right time from a public safety perspective.


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Vettel was about to win the F1 Drivers title, but thanks to Corona doesn't look possible now..
Vettel is not scared of Corona - It is the wet track as a result of all the sneezing that he is scared of. ;) :)
 

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"Based on reports from Formula One Management and FIA, we are in joint consultation with them about the possible consequences for the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix," said organizers at Zandvoort, which is welcoming the sport back following an absence of 35 years.

"These are not yet fully known, but in the event of possible postponement, all tickets will remain valid. As soon as more news is known, we will share it with all parties involved."

"Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will continue monitoring the evolution of the pandemic," said organizers in Spain, "staying in permanent contact with the different bodies and health authorities in order to continue implementing the applicable measures and recommendations, ensuring the health and safety of our visitors.

"We are sorry for the inconveniences that these changes may have caused and we offer our apologies to all fans and customers that have been affected by these extraordinary measures."

The postponement of both races seems a formality following the statement issued by Formula One Management yesterday which said it is hoped to get the season underway at the end of May. With the Dutch Grand Prix scheduled for 3 May and the Spanish race due to be held a week later this appears to rule out both events. Indeed, it is widely speculated that Monaco will be cancelled.

At present, some sections of the media continue to confuse cancellation with postponement. If a race is postponed it means that it is intended to hold it at a later date. However, if a race is cancelled, it is gone from the calendar, it will not be rescheduled.

Events like Monaco, which take place on public roads, are almost impossible to reschedule, hence the fact that it will be cancelled.

Though Azerbaijan also takes place on public roads, the authorities in Baku are likely to be far more compliant than their Monegasque counterparts.
 

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Coronavirus: Ferrari shuts down production because of ongoing crisis

Ferrari has shut down production at its Formula 1 and road-car factories in Italy for two weeks as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

It is part of a wider lockdown that began last week across badly-hit Italy.

Ferrari said the decision had been made "for its employees' wellbeing".

Chief executive officer Louis Camilleri said: "It is out of our respect for them, their peace of mind and of their families that we have decided on this course of action."

Italy is the worst affected country in Europe, with over 1,440 deaths so far.

Other F1 teams are carrying on working for now, despite the uncertainty over when the season will start this year.

Mercedes' two F1 factories in the UK will continue normal operations but all team members returning from Melbourne will self-isolate for 14 days.

Ferrari's decision comes after the F1 season was suspended following the cancellation of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

A decision to postpone the succeeding Bahrain and Vietnam races followed hours after the Melbourne race was called off on Friday morning in Australia. The Chinese Grand Prix, which had been scheduled to be the fourth event of the season, was postponed in February.
 

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Carey apologises to fans for cancellation of Australian GP

F1 boss, Chase Carey has written an open letter to fans following the cancellation of the season opener in Melbourne and admitting the impact the coronavirus is having on the sport.

It reads:

"Dear F1 Fans,

We wanted to provide some thoughts and perspectives from last week as we address the coronavirus pandemic.

First and foremost, our priority is the health and safety of the fans, teams, and organisations of Formula 1, as well as wider society.

We apologise to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made by Formula 1, the FIA, and our local promoters in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.

We recognise everyone wants to know what comes next for Formula 1 in 2020. We cannot provide specific answers today given the fluidity of the situation. However, we plan to get the 2020 Championship season underway as soon as it's safe to do so. We are engaging with experts and officials on a daily basis as we evaluate how we go forward in the next few months. We will keep you updated and provide details as soon as possible.

We are grateful for your support and understanding and we wish you and your families all the best."

Sincerely,

Chase
 

Daruk

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Nice of him to apologise, but honestly, no apology necessary. He stood to lose more if they had gone ahead with the circus - the world has collectively decided that travel bans are the most effective way to deal with it.
 

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F1 teams push to postpone 2021 rules package: https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/2021-rules-delayed-teams-meeting/4770373/

"Formula 1 teams are pushing to keep the 2020 regulations frozen for next season and postpone the scheduled major rule changes to 2022 due to the coronavirus crisis.
In a phone conference this week, team principals discussed a wide range of scenarios including not just unchanged technical rules for 2021 but also a freeze on the development of key components, including chassis, gearbox and other mechanical parts

Aero development would however be allowed to continue to run through 2020 and into 2021 as a key performance differentiator.

It’s understood that in the call nine teams agreed with the principle, with Ferrari asking for more time to consider the ramifications.

A second call has been scheduled for Thursday with F1 chiefs Chase Carey and Ross Brawn and FIA president Jean Todt.

Ultimately, the governing body would make any call on a change to the planned technical regulations.

The agenda is understood to include other pressing subjects such as the calendar, and the possibility of some 2020 races running into January followed by a later start to next season.

Freezing the regulations is a logical response to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis, with no one able to predict when this season might start or how many races will be held.

All lost races have a direct impact on the income of the teams – except Monaco which doesn’t pay a hosting fee to F1 – and the general hit to the global economy could also have an impact on future sponsorship.

In addition, if car manufacturers take a hit, their associated F1 teams may come under pressure to justify their continued presence on the grid to their top management and boards.

In a pre-emptive move with a view to cutting expenditure and to make best use of cars which are clearly not going to run the 22-race schedule that was planned, teams want the 2020 cars to have a longer working life.

The change would also give teams breathing space as they develop cars for the new regulations, and would mean that much of that development would now fall under the 2021 budget cap.

That would address the concerns of midfield teams who fear that the three major players will spend so much in 2020 on developing the new cars – when there is no budget cap – that they will gain an advantage that will take years to erode.

While they will still be able to spend without restriction in 2020, that won’t be the case through 2021 as they prepare the new cars for 2022. ..."
 

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In addition, if car manufacturers take a hit, their associated F1 teams may come under pressure to justify their continued presence on the grid to their top management and boards.
This is a good point. Honda quit F1 at the end if 2008 and Toyota quit at the end of 2009 following the fallout of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis. BMW's exit at the end of 2009 was also partly motivated by the financial situation as well as poor performance.

Renault to me is very much in a BMW situation if things get bad. The results are not there and they are set to lose their last customer team. Honda already hinted last year that they are not comfortable with current costs and they have already pulled out in the past because of it.
 
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Nice of him to apologise, but honestly, no apology necessary. He stood to lose more if they had gone ahead with the circus - the world has collectively decided that travel bans are the most effective way to deal with it.
The way the handled it for the people there was appalling. They knew the race would be cancelled Thurs night yet still told fans to show up for FP1 and then barring them at the gates. All because they were arguing about who would make the announcement and look bad.

Although he never actually apologised for that.

F1 gonna F1.
 
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