F1 shutdown extended to five weeks as chiefs fight to save teams from coronavirus oblivion


F1, the FIA and all 10 teams have agreed to extend this year’s shutdown by a further two weeks to help curb costs as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to leave a long-lasting impression on the sport. A conference call on Monday saw the extension of the period from 21 to 35 days approved unanimously by all involved.

The decision has since been ratified by the World Motor Sport Council and it means the annual shutdown has now more than doubled in length.

The shutdown was last month brought forward from August and extended from 14 to 21 days as the coronavirus pandemic saw the first eight Grands Prix of 2020 axed.

Teams were tied into closing down their design, research and development, production and build departments for a three-week period in March and April.

But some will now see their shutdown carry on into May, with power unit manufacturers also suspending operations.

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