No guarantee fans will want to attend F1 races - Todt

Formula 1 should not take it as a given that fans will want to attend grands prix later this year, nor promoters want to hold races, even if the season gets the all-clear to resume, says FIA president Jean Todt.

No guarantee fans will want to attend F1 races - Todt

The coronavirus pandemic has already forced the first nine races of the F1 season to be cancelled or postponed, with other events also unlikely to go ahead as the world tries to plot a path out of the crisis.

But while Todt is confident that F1 can get a calendar put together later this year, he says that there could be reluctance from many people in wishing to attend what were once normal sporting events.

"Another problem we will have to face is the interest," he told Motorsport.com in an exclusive interview.

"Because when all that will be over, do you still want to go to a race? Do you still want to go to a sports game? Do you still want to go to the theatre? Do you still want to go to the restaurant, to the movies?

"So you will have to learn how to start again, because at the moment we are all confined depending on where, who and how [we are]."

Read Also:

Todt believes that if F1 can hold two or three grands prix a month, then it is possible to put together a calendar of up to 18 races if things can get going by July or August.

But he says that beyond fans being reluctant to return if the pandemic is not under control, some of the current race promoters may decide that it would be inappropriate to hold a race as the coronavirus death toll continues to rise.

"Once we know we can start, I think we could really see two-to-three grands prix a month," Todt explained.

"If we start in July/August and go to December, we have six months, from five to six months, multiplied by three and it gives you one option.

"But don't forget we may face situations where one organiser can host the event safely but eventually feels: 'I don't want. I don't feel in the mood to host the event'.

"So ultimately this kind of situation may occur. An event is a celebration, and it's what I mentioned earlier: we may be in a situation where everything is put together to do it but there is no real feeling to celebrate."

One scenario that has emerged is for the 2020 F1 season to be delayed and for it to be finished at the start of 2021.

However, Todt said that he believed that option was unlikely – although a final choice on that would be made by F1 owners Liberty Media.

"I think it's something that has been discussed and it is something in the hands of the commercial rights holders," he said. "You could have some commercial contracts, so for us as the governing body, the decision is to say yes or say no. But it doesn't look probable."

shares
comments
When will Formula 1 return? Best-case versus worst-case scenario
Previous article

When will Formula 1 return? Best-case versus worst-case scenario

Next article

Why Todt could be set for his greatest motorsport achievement

Why Todt could be set for his greatest motorsport achievement
Load comments
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay Prime

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax Prime

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage Prime

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021