Jean Todt’s predecessor, former FIA president Max Mosley, believes that the current situation for the Formula 1 season is simply not tenable and should have a line drawn under it.
Already nine from twenty two races have been cancelled or postponed with the very likely prospect that the French Grand Prix is next to face the chop. All of this is obviously down to the Corona virus pandemic and Mosley pulls no punches as to what should happen next with the 2020 F1 season.
To clarify, events in Australia and Monaco have been cancelled, while those in Bahrain, China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Spain, Azerbaijan and Canada have been postponed to a date to be determined.
Although officially the French Grand Prix has yet to be cancelled or postponed, the French President Emmanuel Macron announced last night a ban on all public events until at least mid-July, so currently the only hope for the French GP is to race behind closed doors without spectators.
Max Mosley, who was head of the FIA from 1993 to 2009, thinks Todt and Liberty Media (the owners of Formula 1) need to call it a day with the 2020 season now, just so teams and race organisers can gain some clarity of the situation and plan ahead for 2021 now.
“The situation risks getting worse if we wait,” the Briton said in an interview with the DPA agency (Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH is a German language press agency).
“There’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to race again in July, it’s even very uncertain. If we cancel the season now it will be clearer for the teams and Grand Prix organisers to take action and plan for the future.
“As long as we don’t know what the pandemic is going to do from a global perspective, it is impossible to make rational plans for Formula One,” concludes Mosley.