There are some prerequisites so that a Formula 1 world champion can be chosen according to the regulations. The world association now wants to fall back on an emergency rule.
It has been clear since Friday that the 2020 season calendar currently comprises 13 races. The Nürburgring, Portimao and Imola have been officially confirmed.
To be able to choose a world champion by regulations, that’s more than enough runs, because at least eight are needed.
However, the FIA sports code also stipulates that races must be held on three different continents in one season.
Problem: On Friday, the races in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Until the beginning of November, Formula 1 will only be on the road in Europe, after which it will go to Asia.
In addition to possible races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi in December, appearances in China, Vietnam and Malaysia could also be added. Would still be only two continents.
There have never been more unusual conditions in international sport than today because of the corona pandemic. And so Formula 1 sports director Ross Brawn (65) had already dared a few weeks ago when only eight races were on the calendar: “In theory, these eight races are a world championship in Europe.”
Now, with an emergency rule, a world champion is to be chosen according to rules, such as car, motor and sport reports: According to this, the FIA wants to rely on “force majeure” because of the coronavirus pandemic, the “extraordinary circumstances”.