The F1 teams and drivers have been warned this morning by the Hungarian authorities: there will be no question of making the slightest deviation from the Covid-19 protocol once on the Hungaroring circuit.
Hungary reacted after the various cases of protocols violated in Austria at Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull (meetings without masks, non-essential trips to the home, etc ): 15,000 euros fine and a stay in prison will await everything offender who is not a national of the European Union (the British teams) who does not respect the strictly closed session once in the country.
Authorities say F1 staff will have to follow all instructions provided by the sport to ensure that there will be no interaction with citizens, especially in transportation or hotels.
Formula 1 has implemented strict sanitary measures in order to be able to start its 2020 season the weekend spent in Austria. These measures include behind closed doors, physical distance, wearing a mask during all trips in the paddock, PCR tests carried out every five days, or even the obligation to stay in one's bubble when races follow the week to week.
Ross Brawn, the F1 sports director, recognizes that sport cannot lower guard against the coronavirus, especially since Formula 1 has made enormous efforts to secure a championship.
I think when we got the shock from Melbourne we sort of had to get beyond this, however, we began to consider something we could prepare to begin F1 racing over. I think motor racing is very good at logistics, very good in the organization
Formula 1 will travel to Britain after Hungary for two consecutive races at Silverstone and has also confirmed other Grands Prix in Spain, Belgium, Italy (at Monza then at Mugello), and Russia.
Everyone is worried to work as hard as we implement a protected atmosphere to do so, adds Brawn.
We have to create a positive environment so that Formula 1, holding a worldwide sport that travels around the world, does not become a sport that takes the Covid-19 to a country.
"We have to be faultless, and make indisputable that countries can sufficiently rely on the fact that we are a safe business.