Sainz: Cancellation of 2020 F1 season would be a "hard blow"

Carlos Sainz says the 2020 Formula 1 season being cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis would be a "hard blow that would be difficult to accept".

Sainz: Cancellation of 2020 F1 season would be a "hard blow"

The first nine races of the season have already been cancelled or postponed, with the French and Belgian Grands Prix also in doubt amid restrictions imposed by the countries.

Sainz admits a year without racing would be very hard to digest and would have a very negative impact overall.

But the McLaren driver acknowledges the decision to abandon the season would be "fully understandable" if the COVID-19 situation continues to affect the world.

"I prefer to think there's going to be fewer races than to imagine everything will be cancelled," Sainz told Spanish media. "Abandoning the season would be a hard blow that would be difficult to accept.

"If the situation doesn't get under control it would be fully understandable, but it would have very negative consequences for the sport and everything surrounding it.

"A lot of jobs would be at risk and that's never good."

Read Also:

He added: "F1 will suffer the consequences of this pandemic, like any other sport or business. This situation is helping make all teams aware that they need to make an effort, be self-critical and agree to change things.

"I'm sure that with the rules that had already been agreed and the decisions they made these days, we'll see a more matched and more sustainable Formula 1.

"It's a sport full of brilliant people, great engineers and professionals and with a great infrastructure and I think we can be an example of how to come out stronger of this situation."

Sainz feels that if the season gets underway, it is likely to be comprised of a number of races closer to 10 than to the 18-20 F1 bosses are hoping for.

"Right now a lot of options are being considered. They have already announced the cancellation of some grands prix like Monaco. The street circuits have it harder because of all the mess that comes with them and how hard it is to adapt the environment.

"I personally think we are looking at a season closer to 10 races - between 8 and 14, I'd say - than 20. Looking at the situation, if you do the math, there's no room for much more.

"I'm sure the season is going to be much shorter than the original calendar said, maybe even with more than one race on the same circuit, probably behind closed door and possibly running just two days instead of three.

"It's going to be a very different championship to what we've seen in F1 history until now."

The Spaniard said he would be against the concept of a WEC-style 'superseason' that stretches into next year.

"I think it's too soon to decide to do a superseason. We have to try to have the best possible 2020 season. If we end up having to move to a superseason, that's a decision that will be made by the relevant authorities. In any case, I don't like the idea."

shares
comments
Ex-Force India chief Mallya loses extradition appeal

Previous article

Ex-Force India chief Mallya loses extradition appeal

Next article

AlphaTauri reveals cost of each missed F1 race

AlphaTauri reveals cost of each missed F1 race
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Pablo Elizalde
The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull has hidden pace Prime

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull has hidden pace

Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one major encouraging sign for Red Bull. However, making good on that gain will require Max Verstappen to avoid repeating a mistake that left him well down the FP2 order...

Formula 1
May 7, 2021
Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Prime

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.

Formula 1
May 6, 2021
What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

Formula 1
May 5, 2021
The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Prime

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warm-up. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory Prime

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Imola 1994: Memories from Ayrton Senna’s F1 rivals Prime

Imola 1994: Memories from Ayrton Senna’s F1 rivals

The tragic events of the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix changed Formula 1 forever. Here, 17 of the drivers who took part explain how they coped with the devastating deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna.

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy Prime

The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.

Formula 1
May 1, 2021