Drivers, bosses and team principals react to revised F1 calendar

02 June 2020 - 14:02 By Reuters
The 2020 Formula 1 season will begin at Austria's Red Bull Ring on July 5.
The 2020 Formula 1 season will begin at Austria's Red Bull Ring on July 5.
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Formula One announced on Tuesday it would start its delayed season in Austria on July 5 with eight races in Europe over the space of 10 weeks.

It will be the first time Austria's Red Bull Ring has hosted a season-opener. Races will also be held without spectators and with more than one grand prix at the same circuit.

The following is some reaction to the news:

Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.
Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.
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“We take on this challenge unique in the history of F1, and we are looking forward to both weekends. Spielberg will see exciting races — and therefore send a strong sign of feasibility to the whole world.” — Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner.
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“It’s a fantastic venue and we are pleased to be starting our championship campaign at our home circuit. It has been a huge effort by all involved and the two events at the Red Bull Ring will be a blueprint for all other races to follow.” — Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

Otmar Szafnauer, team principal and CEO of Racing Point.
Otmar Szafnauer, team principal and CEO of Racing Point.
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“While clearly it won’t be the same without the fans in the grandstands — and we’ll sorely miss their enthusiasm and support — it’s entirely sensible to start the season behind closed doors.” — Racing Point principal Otmar Szafnauer.

Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1.
Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1.
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“We're going to go racing. That's awesome. Very happy to hear that we finally get some dates and we can go racing ... I can't wait to go racing, to see the team again, feel the car ... it's going to be a bit different than it was before for a little while but we go racing.” — Haas driver Romain Grosjean.


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