FIA extends F1 driver ‘shutdown’ to more than two months

Johannesburg – The International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced on Tuesday that due to the coronavirus enforced shutdown period for Formula 1 drivers, it has been forced to extend from 35 to 63 consecutive days.

The figure had initially been set at a maximum of 21 days as the season was suspended in March after the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix.

“Fifty days after the start of their shutdown period, upon application by a competitor, and subject to the prior written approval of the FIA, each competitor may use the services of a maximum of ten personnel to work remotely on long time projects,” the body said.

Team mechanics are expected to return 36 days after the start of their period off work with the same conditions as the drivers.

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