LONDON: Method One might shorten grand prix weekends and race into January if that helps salvage a season ravaged by the coronavirus, in accordance with Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.
The opening race in Australia on March 15 was cancelled and the showcase Monaco Grand Prix in Might has additionally been scrapped, the primary time since 1954 that it has not featured on the championship calendar.
An extra six rounds have been postponed, and extra look more likely to observe with international locations in lockdown, however Method One bosses have mentioned they hope to get again on monitor a while within the European summer season with a decreased season of 15 to 18 races.
Binotto informed Sky Sports activities Italia that the groups had given the Method One powers-that-be full freedom to do what was essential to have a championship.
“We are in constant dialogue,” he mentioned. “I’ve felt, together with the opposite staff principals, that these are decisive moments.
“We’ve determined to provide full freedom to (Method One chairman Chase) Carey and the FIA to place collectively as quickly as potential a timetable for us to get racing once more, we’re keen on our aspect.
“We’re assessing various ideas; races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, considering also the option of cancelling (Friday) practice.”
Method One wants a minimal of eight races for a legitimate championship and the 2020 season is at present on account of finish in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 29.
The game usually has a break till launches and pre-season testing in February however, with automobiles now remaining the identical in 2021 with main rule modifications deferred a 12 months to save cash, there could be no use for that anyway.
“If this allows us to guarantee a more complete 2020 world championship, with the following season not starting until March, there is great availability for that,” mentioned Binotto.
The 2020 championship was initially meant to have a report 22 races, with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton hoping to equal Michael Schumacher’s report seven titles and surpass the Ferrari nice’s unprecedented 91 wins. Hamilton thus far has 84 wins.
The Briton may very well be stored ready on each accounts if the game is unable to place collectively sufficient races.
Former business supremo Bernie Ecclestone informed Reuters on Friday that he could be very stunned if the game managed to place collectively even a decreased season of 15-18 races.