F1 extends factory shutdown

29 April 2020

As the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, Formula 1’s rulemakers have opted to extend the factory shutdown period by a further four weeks. It means departments such as design, research and development, production and build must down tools. However, after 50 days of the shutdown, teams can use up to a maximum of 10 personnel “to work remotely on long lead time projects.”

The shutdown period for power unit manufacturers has also been extended, from 35 to 49 consecutive days. They are allowed to have a maximum of 10 personnel working remotely on long lead time projects after 36 days have expired.

All teams must formally apply to use the 10 staff in this way and receive approval before they can start work.

The Austrian GP on the weekend of 3-5 July is now expected to start the season off



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