F1 aiming to begin behind closed doors in Europe with hope for 19-race season

  • Ross Brawn says French GP could be closed event on 28 June
  • ‘If we were able to start in July we could do a 19-race season’

Formula One is investigating how to begin the season behind closed doors at European races. Nine grands prix have been called off because of coronavirus but the F1 sporting director, Ross Brawn, said every option is being considered and believes it may be possible to hold up to 19 races.

The Canadian Grand Prix became the latest race to be postponed on Tuesday. The following day the Ferrari team principal, Mattia Binotto, confirmed teams were willing to accede to radical changes to the racing format and to extending the season into next year if necessary. F1 faces a major financial shortfall if racing does not take place.

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