Sports Mika Häkkinen: Formula 1 start planning is almost impossible

22:05  22 april  2020
22:05  22 april  2020 Source:   formel1.de

corona crisis: Formula 1 confirms shutdown extension

 corona crisis: Formula 1 confirms shutdown extension © Sutton Even at Ferrari the gates to remain a bit longer As expected, Formula 1 has extended its "summer break". This was officially confirmed in a press release on Tuesday evening. The shutdown, which was brought forward from summer to spring in view of the corona crisis, was extended from 21 to 35 days. The teams and engine manufacturers must take this mandatory break at some point in March, April or May.

Ex-Champion Mika Häkkinen hält den Formel-1-Auftakt noch für kaum planbar © Laureus / GettyImages ex-champion Mika Häkkinen still thinks the Formula 1 start can hardly be planned

start in July in Spielberg, then three times Silverstone: This is how some people turn out Observers of a possible start to the season for Formula 1 after the Coronavirus mandatory break before. Two-time world champion Mika Häkkinen describes this suggestion in the podcast 'Inside Formula One' as "very interesting", but also raises concerns.

"There are certainly many different scenarios on paper, how the season can be started, when and with how many races. I'm 400 percent sure of that," says Häkkinen. "Personally, I just think it's difficult to plan anything."

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The current situation is still opaque, an end to the corona crisis is far from foreseeable, according to the former Formula 1 driver. "You can plan as much as you want, but there is still no antidote to the corona virus. That is the biggest problem." (Call up current cancellations and postponements in the Corona Virus ticker!)

Silverstone has often been a stumbling block ...

Should it still come to the beginning of the season with Spielberg and Silverstone, Häkkinen senses new difficulties: "If you have problems as a team in Silverstone , then you’re not going to be very happy to have three races there. "

Häkkinen jokes: Given this prospect, some teams might even consider whether it would be worthwhile to compete in Silverstone.

seriously added the 1998 and 1999 World Champion: "Anything can happen in a Grand Prix, even if you haven't qualified in a good position. But if you know your car won't be fast, it can be a little frustrating become." In this case,

drivers and teams could also see the situation as an opportunity to "come up with technical solutions," says Häkkinen. The catch is only: "Silverstone is complicated." The ideal set-up would not fall into your lap. "It frustrated me when we drove in Silverstone back then."

Jos Verstappen: Year without a Formula 1 race is "impossible" .
© LAT Jos Verstappen sees racing as essential Will we see another Formula 1 race this year? According to Jos Verstappen, there is no other way: "There will definitely be races, I'm sure of that," the Dutchman told the newspaper 'De Telegraaf'. Because in his opinion, a complete year without Formula 1 was "impossible". Because then teams would break away and people would lose their jobs. "There are so many contracts at stake" if you chose to suspend the entire season.

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