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Sport start of the season in Spielberg? MotoGP closely monitors Formula 1 plans

13:25  20 april  2020
13:25  20 april  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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In a repeat of the start to last year’s complicated season , Formula 1 is staying in Spielberg for a second weekend of racing, with last Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix now followed by the Austrian Grand Prix. The same but different. Two of them are certainties, in that Pirelli’s three tyre compounds are one step softer than last weekend, being the C3, C4 and C5. This means that what was the Medium in the Styrian Grand Prix will be the Hard this time round, the Soft becomes the Medium with the addition of the softest tyre on offer from the sport’s sole supplier.

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MotoGP-Action auf dem Red-Bull-Ring in Spielberg © Gold and Goose / LAT Images MotoGP action at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg

If Formula 1 should actually drive the first Grand Prix in Austria in July, the MotoGP could go to the Follow August - two races possible on each route

The world of motorsport is currently looking forward to the plans for Formula 1. Two races could take place in Spielberg in July. If that actually works, then it would be a pointer for other racing series. The Motorcycle World Championship is watching this closely, because the Austrian Grand Prix would be scheduled for August 16.

"MotoGP and Formula 1 have exactly the same business. The problems are identical. From this point of view, we are like brothers," said IRTA President Herve Poncharal from 'GPOne.com' . "Let's talk about Austria. It is one of the first countries in Europe to gradually remove the restrictions."

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"We know that the track belongs to Red Bull and that the Austrian government wants to help the economy to recover. It is interesting for us that Formula One is planning a race there a month ahead of us. If they manage the situation then I see no reason why we couldn't do that a month later. "

MotoGP is in exchange with Formula 1

Red Bull is planning all necessary measures so that the Formula 1 Grand Prix can take place. If that works, the first international sporting event would take place in Austria after the outbreak of the corona pandemic. Red Bull is also a close partner of the Motorcycle World Championship. Theoretically, you could drive the first race in Spielberg in August.

Herve Poncharal © Provided by motorsport.com Herve Poncharal

IRTA President Herve Poncharal looks forward to the Formula 1 plans

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"Even if nobody wants it, 99 percent of the time there will be no spectators," Poncharal looks up this possibility. "We keep a very close eye on what Formula 1 does. We are also in contact with them and exchange information." It is clear that both racing series must reduce the staff in the paddock.

In the past two weeks, the teams were asked how many people are absolutely necessary to be able to hold a race weekend. Include medical personnel, the people for the television broadcast, the marshals and so on. Teams will not be allowed to invite guests, and media representatives are also unlikely to be admitted.

Small classes should definitely be there

"We are trying to reduce this number to 1,000 to 1,200 people," Poncharal calls a number for the Motorcycle World Championship. "About in this area. That is our goal." The classes Moto2 and Moto3 are also included. You definitely want to race with all three GP classes and not just with the MotoGP alone.

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The solution was first seen in Hungary last season and, whilst not raced, it has had other outings since too. It's also a very similar solution to the one first seen and raced by Mercedes back in 2017. Renault has joined the list of teams confirming that it will be bring a raft of new parts to the race too, as team principal Cyril Abiteboul explained last week. Formula 1 's return to Austria this weekend comes under exceedingly different circumstances to its last Spielberg visit, when F 1 took its first tentative steps out of the global COVID shutdown.

Moto3 Start in Spielberg © provided by motorsport.com Moto3 start in Spielberg

The small classes are definitely part of the planning

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Formula 1 also expects the frame series Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup for Spielberg. The situation for MotoE is not very pleasant. "We have invested in MotoE and would like to have it with us, but we are in an emergency and it is not one of our priorities at the moment," says Poncharal. "We focus on what's most important for our survival."

Several races on one track an option Two MotoGP races in one weekend have already been excluded by the officials. There will be no Superbike format. However, there is still discussion about whether one could drive two Grand Prix races. Formula 1 is to plan two races in Spielberg (5 and 12 July).

Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez © Provided by motorsport.com Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez

Even MotoGP is considering two races per route

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"We know that traveling is currently difficult. It will also be difficult to find a country with a suitable route If we can do it and can organize more than one race on a track, we will support this proposal, "said the IRTA President about this option. "We have to race as many races as possible."

"The MotoGP has to be televised and talked about in the media. I'm not the only one who proposes more than one race on a track. It wouldn't be the ideal situation, but we have to be pragmatic. If we find four tracks "Then we could do eight or twelve races. It's an idea we're considering. We'd have fewer trips and could get easier permits from the authorities."

The 2016 Motorcycle World Championship has been a guest in Spielberg again. Austria was twice awarded the best MotoGP event of the year. In the first year of 2016 and most recently in 2019.

With images from Michelin.

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