FIA extends Formula 1 teams shutdown period


The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has ratified by e-vote the decision to extend Formula 1's shutdown period from 21 to 35 days.

In face of the global coronavirus crisis and the lockdowns that are in force in many countries, the FIA brought forward at the end of last month F1 teams' mandatory summer break.

The decision was also implemented to free up the month of August in order to allow for the re-scheduling of postponed races.

The initial pause was extended from 14 to 21 days and initiated by teams at various dates. The WMSC's latest decision expands the break from 21 to 35 days, so will therefore run into early May for most outfits.

"Following unanimous approval by the Formula 1 Strategy Group, Commission and all teams, the World Motor Sport Council has ratified by e-vote the decision to extend the Formula 1 shutdown period from 21 to 35 days, to be taken in March, April and/or May, for all competitors and Power Unit manufacturers," said the FIA in a statement released on Tuesday.

"Further discussions regarding this topic remain open between the FIA, Formula 1 and all teams in light of the ongoing global impact of COVID-19."

Following the cancellation or postponement of the nine first rounds of the 2020 F1 world championship, including the Canadian GP which was called off on Tuesday, the season is tentatively scheduled to start at Paul Ricard in France on June 28.

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