Could the deterioration of health conditions in Turkey in early June have consequences for Formula 1’s arrival in Istanbul Park?
The UK government on Friday included the country in the list of at-risk countries. As of 12 May, those returning or transferring through this destination within 10 days will be subject to strict 10-day quarantine if they return to the UK territory.
This segregation should be done by the authorities in specially selected hotels at the expense of the passengers. This quarantine is a bill of around 2,000 euros.
The situation may prove problematic for the British contingent in the F1 paddock, representing the bulk of the troops with 7 out of 10 teams based in the United Kingdom. So far, F1 and promoters have been successful in securing exemptions and other exemptions amid travel restrictions, but it is uncertain whether the UK authority will grant the same pass for countries placed on the red list.
Portugal was part of it a few weeks ago, but it was lifted from F1 before the trip to Portimo (30 April – 2 May).
The Turkish Grand Prix (11–13 June) replaces the Canadian Grand Prix this year, not because health conditions were more worrisome in Montreal than elsewhere but for the Quebec event organizer F1 personnel to obtain the necessary quarantine waivers I did not succeed. .
« We have noted the UK government’s announcements about travel restrictions to Turkey and are investigating the situation.The FIA and FOM, stated, own the commercial rights to F1 in a joint statement. We will provide further details in the coming days. »
Teams must travel directly to Turkey from Baku where the Azerbaijan GP took place last week (4-6 June).