Some doubts arise about whether the Australian Grand Prix will start the Formula 1 season, especially after the Australian authorities have decreed the temporary confinement of one of the most important neighborhoods in Sydney - affecting some 250.000 people - and the rebound of COVID-19 in the country.
It would not be a surprise. Not many days ago, Jean Todt, the president of the FIA, already expressed his doubts that the calendars would not have to be altered again, as in 2020, especially in the first half of the championship. It is since then when the expert epidemiologists point out precisely that it will be after the summer when the effects of the vaccines that are beginning to be administered will begin to be noticed.
It should be remembered that Australia is one of the countries that put more zeal to controls to enter the country and has imposed strict measures to avoid the entry of people susceptible to transmitting the dreaded coronavirus. In fact, they require a 14-day quarantine for anyone who wants to enter the country.
For this reason, almost two months ago, SRO decided to cancel the 12 Hours of Bathurst, the test that was to open the Intercontinental GT Challenge at the end of February. Keep in mind that for SRO it should be almost impossible to stand in a 'bubble' like F1.
But the reasons of the promoters of the Australian GP are not of this type. Surely the 'biosphere' that F1 is preparing could get a special door opening. Their concern is, above all, of an economic nature. They don't want to go through the experience of last year when F1 decided to call off the race, even though all teams and staff were already at Melbourne.
Let us remember that in 2020 there was a late suspension. It was agreed at dawn on Friday when the drivers and mechanics found out when they got up to go to the circuit and the fans found out when they arrived there, after verifications and press conferences had been carried out on Thursday, although the session. All for a positive at McLaren.
The organizers do not want to have to face the cost of assembly and disassembly of the circuit again - we remember that Albert Park is urban and almost in the center of the city and the assembly lasts more than a month - if there is no race. And the Australian government acts swiftly and forcefully by imposing restrictions as soon as alarm rates are sounded.
Some sources point out that Australian promoters would be more comfortable moving the event towards the end of the season.