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Horner: Austrian GP behind closed doors possible

  • Published on 16 Apr 2020 10:29
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes that the opening race of the 2020 season could take place in July in Austria behind closed doors.

The next race scheduled to be the first round of the championship is the French Grand Prix on June 28th, however the event is in major doubt following a ban on mass gatherings until mid-July was announced in the country.

The Austrian Grand Prix has its date set for one week after the round in France, with Horner affirming that the possibility of holding the event behind closed doors is on the table.

"The Red Bull Ring is a ready-made facility, it can be ready in a very short period of time to fit the FIA's criteria," he told Sky F1. "The prospect of being able to run a race behind closed doors is absolutely feasible.

“I think there is going to be a staged route back into full-on grands prix and there are certain circuits they're talking about, crowdless events, potentially just focusing on TV with limited numbers of people, limited operative staff there as a way to get the championship going.

"Football and other sports are also considering the same route. Of course in Formula 1 there is more distance between the competitors, they've got helmets on etc, so there is that natural distancing as well.

"It's something that Austria [promoters] and Red Bull are looking at but of course they've got to work with the local authorities and governments. And so at the moment, it's just under discussion."

Ross Brawn, managing director of F1, recently pointed out that the sport needed just eight races in order to form a final world championship result. 

However, he is confident that 19 races could be held before the end of the year if the championship got underway in July.

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  • TheDentist

    Posts: 24

    Sounds like he’s thinking more about his sponsors than the health of team members!

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    • Apr 16 2020 - 16:58
  • Bilstar

    Posts: 54

    If it's there, I'll give you the money myself

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    • Apr 17 2020 - 12:26
  • f1dave

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    Horner and Brawn just don't seem to understand the situation . . . it's all money, money money to them.

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    • Apr 17 2020 - 13:52
  • 19 races Could be held this year, yes, and I could become crowned the King of Sweden. Statistically speaking, I do, in fact, have a chance of becoming head of the UN one day. Doesn't mean I will be (and should be, my word I'd be completely incompetent at it!).

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    • Apr 17 2020 - 23:12
    • Dert38

      Posts: 354

      lmao...

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      • Apr 18 2020 - 09:35
    • I'd vote for you mate. Your first official act would probably be to dismantle viasat and burn their equipment at a public square

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      • Apr 18 2020 - 19:06
    • Well, no, but it is up there. I'd probably declare Honda to be the only legal car brand to own first and foremost, and then I'd probably declare healthcare staff and biomedics as deities to be revered and prayed for. And then maybe abolish Viasat, slowly and painfully. Burning their equipment on public squares, yes, and also forcing their higher ups into pits and have them fight horse-sized flies barefisted for their very severe crimes. ;)

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      • Apr 19 2020 - 14:43

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