June 12, 2021

RaceFans Round-up: Brazil’s grand prix “obviously in question” if Covid situation doesn’t improve

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In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo says Brazil’s high Covid-19 rate could prevent its Formula 1 race going ahead later this year.

In brief

F1 may have to miss Brazil again – Ricciardo

Brazil is one of the countries which has been hit hardest by Covid-19. The virus has killed over 380,000 of its citizens, more than any country bar the USA. But while America’s death rate has fallen to 4,000 per week, Brazil is losing 10,000 more, the worst fatality rate in the world at present.

Almost a quarter of Brazil’s deaths have occured in Sao Paulo, home to its round of the world championship. The race may be more than six months away, but questions are already being raised over whether it should go ahead.

“I am aware Brazil currently is not in a good place with Covid,” said Daniel Ricciardo in an interview with EMTV. “I think if we were scheduled to go there this weekend I’m pretty convinced it would be up in the air. I don’t think we would be all in.

“I think for now they’re kind of on the hope that by then things settle down but if it’s still as it is, then that race could potentially be obviously in question.”

The Interlagos race has been brought forward by a week in order to accommodate the rescheduled Australian Grand Prix. Ricciardo light-heartedly suggested his home race – which like Brazil’s was also dropped from last year’s calendar – could become a double-header if F1 abandons its trip to Sao Paulo.

“I know they [F1] are obviously keen on 23 [races] this year. A bit like last year I’m sure there are maybe some circuits call it that could fill some gaps if some are lost. So we’ll see. Maybe a double-header in Australia.”

F2 testing ends with Drugovich on top

Felipe Drugovich placed in the top three throughout testing at the Circuit de Catalunya and concluded the third day of running with the outright fastest time. The Virtuosi driver posted a best lap of 1’27.945.

He was followed by a pair of Alpine juniors: Oscar Piastri, second for Prema, and Christian Lundgaard, third for ART.

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