How F1 dealt with COVID-19 – but what happens next?

OPINION: Formula 1, the FIA and other key players deserve enormous credit for reorganising and completing the 2020 season given the existential threat from the pandemic. But the deadly virus seems set to have a big impact on the next campaign, too…

The 2020 Australian Grand Prix was cancelled on 13 March. The decisions that led to the Formula 1 paddock flying halfway across the world as the full horrors of the pandemic unfurled and the event being cancelled shortly before the season’s first practice session was supposed to start shocked the championship.

But it was nothing compared to what was to come, as most F1 personnel flew home just before the spring lockdowns shut down the world.

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