F1 chiefs have been handed a timely boost ahead of this month’s Bahrain Grand Prix with the Gulf state’s government set to waive a ban on attendees who’ve been to coronavirus-hit countries within 14 days of the race weekend.
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Ferrari, AlphaTauri, Haas and Alfa Romeo – as well as tyre suppliers Pirelli – were all set to be impacted if team members and support staff could not travel to Bahrain.
The Bahrain International Circuit said on Tuesday it was putting in place “specific measures” for teams, administrators, broadcasters and media.
It asked for the names and flight details of anyone who had visited or transited through a number of countries, including Italy, or who was planning to arrive via the United Arab Emirates.
Similar screening will be in place in Melbourne ahead of March 15’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, while F1 chiefs are working to put a similar system in place for April’s inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix in Hanoi.
On Wednesday, F1 chief Ross Brawn insisted a world championship race could not be held in any country denying access to teams due to coronavirus restrictions.
“If a team is prevented from entering a country we can’t have a race,” Brawn said. “Not a Formula 1 world championship race, anyway, because that would be unfair.
“Obviously if a team makes its own choice not to go to a race, that’s their decision.
“But where a team is prevented from going to a race because of a decision of the country then it’s difficult to have a fair competition.”
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