Formula One’s plan to return to racing in July is dependent on a series of behind-closed-doors races in Europe.
F1 hopes to start the season with a spectator-free Austrian Grand Prix on July 5, which would see only essential personnel attend the race to execute and broadcast it effectively. If that goes smoothly, similar events in Britain and Hungary could follow.
While it’s hard to get a concrete figure, ball-park figures for a behind-closed-doors race range from 1,200 to 1,500 people, highlighting the scale of the F1 operation.
But how does that number translate across the teams and circuit staff? What happens if one of those people experiences another positive COVID-19 test, like the one which ultimately derailed the Australian Grand Prix?
Here we break down everything you need to know about the next type of F1 race you might be watching.
Creating a “biosphere”
In order to resume racing, Formula One will have to come up with a plan in which members of the paddock are tested for the virus, allowed to travel only if they show negative results and then kept safe