Another day, another Grand Prix cancellation. This time, it’s the French Grand Prix has been kicked into the long-grass. When start dates for the Formula One season were being bounced around, it was seen as key that F1 begin in a ‘traditional’ venue. This meant that anywhere outside Europe was a ‘no’. As France was the venue of the venue of the first ever Grand Prix (though not part of the F1 World Championship) this comes as a major blow. The most obvious reason this is so disappointing as because we were planning a fantastic driving holiday there, but also because the Paul Ricard circuit is owned non-other than Bernie Ecclestone.
So what next? Well it also looks like our Austrian Grand Prix Driving Holiday is off that is due to be run behind closed doors. But the good news is that Austria should be held.
So what does this mean for other races on the calendar? Well, we need 8 races to have an actual championship, which now seems a foregone conclusion. But what about the fans? Well, Austria and Great Britain will almost certainly be behind closed doors. That leaves Belgium and Italy for the European season. But what about the fans? Chase Carey, boss of Formula One, commented “We expect the early races to be without fans but hope fans will be part will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule”.
What does this mean for us? It means we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix!
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