Formula One Group struggled because of corona

Italy’s Ferrari racing team will probably face a hurdle when attending the Grand Prix. Authorities notified all visitors from Italy to be subject to quarantine for 14 days.

The most famous F1 team was forced to suspend all business trips and factory sightseeing activities when it was located more than 110 km from the corona center in Italy. Outbreaking, COVID-19 caused 2,036 people to become ill in Italy, with 52 deaths.

This could become a big obstacle for the Ferrari team to attend the Vietnam Grand Prix, the first Formula 1 race scheduled to take place in April this year. It makes Ferrari harder than rivals.

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Farrari is not the only victim. AlphaTauri is an F1 team based in Italy. Boss Franz Tost recently said that the corona virus is a really serious problem for his team. Mr. Tost emphasized that it is not fair for some teams to not participate in the tournament for any reason.

So far, the corona virus has only caused F1 to postpone racing in China. They are scheduled to take place in Shanghai next month. Next weekend, the race to open the season will be held in Australia despite the country has restricted flights from Italy.

Hungary is the only country among 22 host countries to host F1 race without any corona virus infection. Crowding makes F1 races particularly dangerous, especially when the epidemic in many countries is out of control. That’s why Formula One Group stock has lost 21 percent of its value over the past month.

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In Bahrain, the organization of the F1 race one week after the opening is still in place. Although there have been 49 cases of corona virus infection recorded in this small country.

The problem does not stop there. F1 documents stated that there must be at least 16 vehicles participating in a race. However, there is another problem. The F1 broadcast license contract states that the cost of the license will be reduced if there are fewer than 15 races in a season if it is not a force majeure event.

In the long time, corona virus can cause problems for Formula One Group. Their contract with 10 racing teams will end later this year and neither side will sign a new deal at the moment.

13-way journey through 10 countries of the 30th WSBK motorbike racing (Part 2)

Regarding the situation of personnel of the racing teams, most of the most notable names of the tournament have found themselves a new stop.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) and Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) both have a new 2-year contract from last summer and will continue the new season with the teams they have been attached to from 2015 to the present.

Rea set a new WSBK record with his fifth consecutive championship with Kawasaki in 2019. And in the sixth championship campaign, the British driver will have a new teammate, Alex Lowes, a fellow countryman. have the most successful 2019 season with Yamaha with 9 podiums and 3rd place on the individual standings.

Alvaro Bautista, after a year of disappointing performance at Ducati, decided to join Honda in his second year at the WSBK. In 2020, Honda will return as a factory racing team, supported by HRC with the ambition to win from the first stages. Bautista will be the main driver of the racing team with the second steering wheel Leon Haslam (racing for Kawasaki in 2019), bringing a new color to the tournament.

Bautista switched from Ducati to Honda in hopes of winning the championship

The other place at ARUBA.IT Racing Ducati next to Davies, is a veteran of MotoGP (2008-2018), British driver Scott Redding will have the opening stage of WSBK after winning the British Superbike in 2019.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu independent race team (Turkey) will be given the opportunity at Yamaha factory team when replacing Lowes. He will accompany Michael van der Mark, creating a youthful squad capable of standing in the top of the next few years.

The last factory team, BMW Motorrad retains their main driver, Tom Sykes after his good results in 2019. Accompanying him in 2020 is Irish steering wheel Eugene Laverty, two names previously used to compete for the WSBK 2013 championship together, and Sykes took the throne. Both will have the opportunity to compete with each other again in the same car next year.

Overall, the picture of the championship race in 2020 will still be the presence of names that have proven their ability in the past year. However, it is impossible not to mention Scott Redding and Ducati, who are considered the “dark horse” of the new season.

I know that the British steering wheel can create waves as what Bautista did in the first half of 2019. Will the 6th championship for Rea and Kawasaki or a new name crowned? Let’s wait for WSBK 2020.