With the Formula 1 season still to start, Jacques Villeneuve believes that it is better not to do a Championship just to make money.
Like all other sports, Formula 1 is heavily impacted by the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Grand Prix are being postponed one by one while the races in Australia and Monaco have already been cancelled.
As a result, for the moment the season is supposed to start on June 14th in Canada. However, the Montreal Grand Prix is also on hold as the pandemic is gaining ground in North America. In other words, it’s hard to see the 2020 calendar clearly. But during an interview with Julien Febreau, a journalist from Canal+, Jacques Villeneuve made a proposal. It’s fair to say the ex F1 Champion fears that Formula 1 will resume too quickly.
“Even though the world is opening up and we could have a Grand Prix after the pandemic, it takes time to prepare for this event. That’s the time that’s going to be missing. In any case, we’ll have to wait a month after the reopening.
“The first Grand Prix on the calendar should be in September. I imagine that the different organisations and Formula 1 owners will want to put in as much as possible to get to the minimum contracts, which would be a mistake.
“We mustn’t overload ourselves either! It would be a shame to start filling August with Grand Prix and, as soon as September arrives, do Grand Prix after Grand Prix until Christmas, and even until January, just because you need a championship.
“Maybe we should be smart enough to say: ‘There won’t be a championship. We will race and each race will be a unique event, like Indianapolis, like the Le Mans 24 Hours’. Every Grand Prix would become a grand slam of sorts, rather than a championship that would be only half a championship. This would allow us to use the end of 2020 to prepare for 2021,”
Quite how the teams would ever financially survive if such a thing was to be done remains to be answered by Villeneuve, as teams are already looking to drastically cut their costs in order to survive this unknown period of lockdown.
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