Formula One season to kickoff on July 5, confirms Austrian Government

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After the season opening races Formula One season will finally be commencing from July 5 with the Austrian Grand Prix, the Austrian government has confirmed.

The race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will be the first of an F1 double-header as the second will be staged in the following weekend, CNN reported.

However, both the races will be taking place behind closed doors without spectators.

Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anshober has said that the two races have been approved after being satisfied by the comprehensive security plan presented by the organisers of Formula One.

“In addition to strict hygiene measures, the plan also provides for regular tests and health checks for the teams and all other employees,” CNN quoted Anshober as saying.

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Ten races of the season, starting with the opener Australian Grand Prix all through to French GP had to be either cancelled or postponed owing to the pandemic.

In another promising sign for Formula One, the UK government has given a green light to start competitive sport from June 1.

This announcement will bolster the Formula One’s hopes of going ahead with the British Grand Prix.

“It is up to each individual sport to decide exactly when to resume competition. They know their sports best. But football, tennis, horse racing, Formula 1, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker, and others are all set to return to our TV screens shortly,” CNN quoted Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

(With ANI inputs)

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