Asphalt and Covid, the reasons for previous cancellations in F1


From 2020 Australian Grand Prix, When the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and the first cases of Covid-19 hit the paddock recently arrived in Melbourne, a Grand Prix was not canceled a few hours after its start and with all the material on the circuit, such as Before. the suspension case this Wednesday of the Emilia-Romagna GP in Imola scheduled for the weekend at the historic Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

How many times in the more than 70 years of the ‘Great Circus’ have the F1 authorities canceled their event. But the last two are clearly due to force majeure, the one in Melbourne 2020 due to a pandemic that is already causing thousands of deaths worldwide, later it is millions, and about which everyone does not know . And this time at Imola 2023, humanitarian reasons are, as they should be, at the top of the decision in a climate emergency situation.

You have to go back to 1957. to find the first cancellations of the Belgian and Dutch Grands Prix due to the Suez Canal crisis, following the nationalization of Egypt, and the resulting oil supply crisis. An extra race was put on at the end of the season at Pescara.

in 1985again Spa is the star of the first postponement of a career. The track resurfaced before the test, but it didn’t give time for the asphalt to settle. When the cars were launched on Friday, the new tarmac began to lift and as it was impossible to race, the race was postponed and held in September.

The Barei GPcan’t be held in 2011 following an uprising that broke out in the country and local authorities encouraged the suspension of the race, which they reversed the following year.

Other suspensions involved pilots’ strikes due to the poor security conditions of a track: Belgium’1969 was canceled for this reason and there were several ‘pirate’ GPs that did not appear on the books because one of the The sides of that time left the circuit as Jarama’1980, South Africa’1981 or the GP of shame, Indianapolis’2005, which ran only six cars, those who joined Bridgestone while those worn by Michelin withdrew because their safety was not guaranteed.

Source: La Verdad


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