Ducati: WSBK needs more characters like Redding

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti says that World Superbike could benefit from having more top riders like Scott Redding, likening him to the Italian marque’s past stars Carl Fogarty and Troy Bayliss.

Ex-Aprilia MotoGP rider Redding made his WSBK debut for Ducati in February at the Phillip Island season-opener, which took place before the season was placed on hold owing to the worsening global coronavirus pandemic.

He replaced Honda-bound Alvaro Bautista in the factory team’s line-up, coming off the back of a title-winning British Superbike campaign riding a Ducati Panigale V4 R.

Speaking to, Ciabatti praised Redding for the breath of fresh air the Briton’s outspoken and easy-going personality brings to WSBK, comparing him to some of the championship’s past heroes and contrasting him with the recent crop of top riders.

“It is clear that he is a rider who is outside of the norm,” Ciabatti said of Redding, who also rode for the Pramac Ducati team for two years during a five-year stint in MotoGP.

“But I also think that if a person in his private life loves to joke, has a strange hair colour, trains by boxing, but he is a serious professional and he arrives at the races perfectly prepared, maybe even bringing a little fun to our world, it’s what we need.

“Serious riders are likely to be a little boring and not to be characters. In Superbike we were used to riders like [Noriyuki] Haga or Frankie Chili, like Fogarty, Bayliss, [Colin] Edwards. Riders who were not only very fast, but who had also become idols because of their character.

“Perhaps in recent years Superbike has also suffered a bit from having very fast riders, but not equally charismatic ones. I think having someone like Scott, who also sang in the Paddock Show in Phillip Island, that’s good for the sport.”

Following the Phillip Island round, Redding lies second in the championship behind Kawasaki rider Alex Lowes, having finished third place in each of the three races.

Ciabatti said Redding’s performances in Australia provided enough evidence that he was the correct choice to replace to Bautista at Ducati.

“I am very satisfied with Scott’s debut because he was a protagonist in all three races,” said Ciabatti. “He raced in MotoGP with mixed success and then had a spectacular season in the BSB, but it was not obvious that he was able to have three very good races right away.

“Scott weighs 30kg more than Bautista. With 30kg less he might even have managed to get past exiting the last corner [and win]. It is also the case the championship has grown in competitiveness [since last year].

“The best thing about the Phillip Island races for us, however, was seeing that choosing Scott paid off, which many people didn’t believe it would.

“When we said we had focused on Scott, because Alvaro had made a different decision, we were criticised. But I think we are talking about a very fast rider and a great professional.”

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Vettel: Happiness more important than money in next F1 deal

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has revealed that money “is not the most important thing” in his discussions with Ferrari about a new contract.

While 2019’s breakout star Charles Leclerc signed a long-term contract extension with Ferrari, keeping him in Maranello until the end of 2024, Vettel’s future at the team is less certain.

The contract of the four-time world champion will run out at the end of 2020. 

Vettel, who joined Ferrari in 2015, has been in talks with the Scuderia over a new contract in recent weeks. Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto stated in February’s Barcelona pre-season test he was confident Ferrari and Vettel “will come very soon to an agreement.”

In an exclusive interview with, Vettel has indicated that money won’t be the most important factor in those discussions. 

“It depends what’s important to you, what drives you,” Vettel said. “And that’s fair. If money is your motivator then it can drive you very far, and make you very successful.

“There’s a lot of sportsmen, businessmen that thrive for money. I think the question really is whether people have a sense of enough. That’s not just valid for Formula 1.” 

“We are putting our life in a way also on the line, then you need to show some appreciation for that. Our careers also are shorter than some other careers. I think the really important thing is that you are happy, that’s the key.”

“Obviously, F1 is a bit of a circus and spoiled circus. Because they have a lot of money involved and money tends to spoil people. I think on average that’s true. But the question is, like I said, if you have a sense of enough.”

Vettel, who turns 33 this summer, revealed he is also pondering his future after Formula 1.

He doesn’t rule out racing in other championships following the conclusion of his F1 career, which started in 2007.

“If I’m realistic, I’m not going to be here in ten years,” he added. “So I think this is something you naturally start to think about.”

“I think I’m in a very fortunate position that I can probably try and do a lot of things, once I have decided to stop racing in F1. Maybe race something else, maybe do something different in motorsport or do something completely different outside. I have some ideas, but I haven’t decided. I’m quite relaxed.”


The latest issue of Autosport magazine includes an in-depth feature looking at Sebastian Vettel’s current situation at Ferrari – where he feels he still has a “mission” to complete.

As well as dealing with the ever increasing threat from his young superstar team-mate Charles Leclerc, Vettel must now help Ferrari recover its position in the Formula 1 pecking order when the 2020 season does get underway.

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Esports make Norris more nervous than Formula 1

Lando Norris has said he gets the pre-qualifying shakes more in Esports than he does racing for McLaren in Formula 1.

If there is an Esports series running, the British racer is probably racing in it. That is no bad thing, by the way, as the man dubbed the “tech nerd of modern society” by Daniel Ricciardo is keeping everyone entertained during these uncertain times.

And, like Ross from ‘Friends’, the pressure of entertaining seems to be on his mind with thousands of viewers watching his Twitch streams.

“I get so nervous in sim racing for some reason, I get more nervous than I do in like an actual qualifying session,” Norris said via Autosport.

“I don’t know if it’s because you don’t have the adrenaline of driving the actual car, so you kind of forget about the nerves.

“In sim racing, you’re sat in the seat, it’s a bit more peaceful and quiet, and you’re literally just driving. You think about a few more things.

“I need to try and calm myself down as much as possible, I start shaking and getting all nervous, I always ruin my qualifying laps because I get so nervous.

“My only other thing is to put my Twitch chat into sub-only mode so they can’t talk, otherwise I get too distracted trying to answer their questions.”

Not only is Norris providing entertainment, but he also feels that regular Esports streaming is creating an incentive for fans to stay at home and tune in.

“You’re getting all these viewers clicking in, and most of them are likely to be at home,” Norris added.

“Even when you’re driving, they’re saying that we are making for entertainment, and they enjoy watching us race each other.

“I think it’s not just entertainment for us racing and showing us race, but it’s got that wider significance of keeping people at home, and trying to make them a bit happy after spending so long in their homes or doing not the things that they wanted.”

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More Canadian Tesla Buyers Report Receiving HW 2.5 Instead Of HW 3.0

Gary Pandher also reported he did not get the latest Autopilot hardware.

On March 11, we told you the Chinese government did not buy Tesla’s excuse for installing HW 2.5 in cars that should have HW 3.0. In the same article, we also pointed out two Canadian clients – SA and GF – who showed why that was the case. They were in the same situation way before the COVID-19 outbreak. The fact that they wanted to remain anonymous made some dispute if they were even real. They are. So is Gary Pandher.

He also bought his Tesla Model 3 in Canada and was very frustrated to get the Autopilot hardware he specifically asked not to.

“I have a September-2019-build Tesla Model 3 as well. I picked up my vehicle on September 30, 2019. It was ordered in Ontario on September 24, 2019.

One of the reasons I waited to purchase was because I did not want an HW 2.5 vehicle. Initially, I opted for an LR AWD. However, within a couple of days, I switched to the SR+. When discussing purchase options with my Tesla advisor, I had specifically asked whether the vehicles would have HW 2.5 or HW 3.0, and he confirmed it would be HW 3.0 in an email message during our discussions about the LR AWD model.” 

Just like Ronen Kleiman expected his i3 to have the range BMW promised it could achieve, Pandher also trusted his consultant until he realized he had HW 2.5 in his Model 3.

“My vehicle was delivered to me with HW 2.5 instead of HW 3.0. I am very unhappy as I purchased a car which does not have the specific hardware version I was told I would be getting. I did not get HW 3.0 and I helped friends purchase their vehicles all of whom got HW 3.0. I just had the newest 2020.8.1 update and I don’t have the options that others have. It is truly disappointing.”

Pandher now wants to contact Tesla to have that sorted. He asked us for help, but the company does not talk to the press. 

“I don’t know how to go about contacting Tesla to have this issue resolved. I was under the impression I would receive a vehicle with HW 3.0.”

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In China, there were rumors that owners of Model 3 units that came with the HW 2.5 plan to sue Tesla, but the lawsuit has not been confirmed so far. We ask our Chinese readers to warn us in case anything concrete emerges. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s First Division of Equipment Industry already said Tesla “illegally” assembled HW 2.5 components in its Tesla Model 3s.

If you happen to work at Tesla and can contact Pandher, please do so. If you are a fellow Tesla owner with the same issues, try to reach him as well: he wants to share ideas on how to have Tesla give him what it promised. We would also love to understand why Canadian clients still receive their cars with HW 2.5 instead of HW 3.0 when Tesla said all cars made after April 23, 2019. If you have an explanation for that, please get in touch with us.

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Indy 500, Indy GP, more reschedule

The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule has seen officials move the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis to July 4 and the 104th running of the Indy 500 to August 23, while three other races have been shifted and there is a possible new finale.

The GP’s transition to Saturday, July 4 on the IMS road course will see it form part of a historic double-header featuring IndyCar and NASCAR, whose inaugural Xfinity race on the GP roadcourse will follow on the same day. Both events will be televised by NBC on Independence Day.

The Indianapolis 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 24, in its traditional spot on the calendar during Memorial Day weekend with the GMR Grand Prix scheduled for Saturday, May 9.

“The Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” said Roger Penske, whose Penske Entertainment group now owns both the IMS and the IndyCar Series.

“However, the health and safety of our event participants and spectators is our top priority, and we believe that postponing the event is the responsible decision with the conditions and restrictions we are facing.

“We will continue to focus on ways we can enhance the customer experience in the months ahead, and I’m confident we will welcome fans with a transformed facility and a global spectacle when we run the world’s greatest race.”

As a result of the schedule changes at IMS, the IndyCar races originally set for Aug. 16 and Aug. 22 have been rescheduled. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will now run on Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is now set for Aug. 30.

The Grand Prix of Portland, too, has been shifted one week back, while the canceled season-opener at St. Petersburg has been scheduled as a possible season closer. 

The shift became possible as a result of the NBC-requested four-week gap in the IndyCar schedule to cover the Olympics in Tokyo – last two weeks of July, first two weeks of August – becoming a moot point following the IOC’s decision to postpone the event.

Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles added: “Memorial Day weekend has always provided Indianapolis 500 fans an opportunity to honor the men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our nation’s freedom. This August, we’ll also have a unique and powerful opportunity to honor the contributions and heroism of the doctors, nurses, first responders and National Guard members serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

“We’re grateful for the patience of our fans as we’ve navigated this situation, and we extend our thanks to NBC for its terrific partnership and diligent work to maximize broadcast coverage with this new schedule.”

On-track action in August will begin at IMS with practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 12-13, followed by Fast Friday on Aug. 14 and Indianapolis 500 Qualifications on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 15-16.

Each day of qualifications will be televised on NBC, providing more network coverage of qualifications for fans than in 2019. A full broadcast schedule will be released soon.

The following week’s schedule will begin with hot pit-stop practice sessions on Thursday, Aug. 20 and include Indy Lights practice and qualifying. The Indy Lights Freedom 100 race, a significantly expanded Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge and final Indianapolis 500 practice will take place on Friday, Aug. 21 as part of Miller Lite Carb Day, followed by the public drivers’ meeting and full-field autograph session on Saturday, Aug. 22 as part of Legends Day presented by Firestone.

NASCAR response

NASCAR’s current plan is to restart its season with the May 9 race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and if so, the now scheduled IndyCar/NASCAR doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4 weekend will remain in place.

However, the continually changing landscape of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States may require NASCAR to postpone additional races. If so, that will also require NASCAR to reshuffle its own schedule, which could in turn alter its IMS race weekend plans.

Sources told that NASCAR will be reaching out to its stakeholders, TV partners and participants over the next week about proposed schedules for the remainder of the year. All of them should be considered tentative until a final schedule is publicly distributed. 

Revised, tentative 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule

Saturday, May 30 – Streets of Detroit Race 1 
Sunday, May 31 – Streets of Detroit Race 2 
Saturday, June 6 – Texas Motor Speedway 
Sunday, June 21 – Road America 
Saturday, June 27 – Richmond Raceway 
Saturday, July 4 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 
Sunday, July 12 – Streets of Toronto 
Saturday, July 18 – Iowa Speedway 
Sunday, Aug. 9 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 
Sunday, Aug. 23 – Indianapolis 500 Mile Race 
Sunday, Aug. 30 – World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
Sunday, Sept. 13 – Portland International Raceway 
Sunday, Sept. 20 – WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca 
TBD Expected Finale – Streets of St. Petersburg

Enhanced health and safety measures at IMS

IMS and IndyCar announced enhanced measures once activity resumes at IMS. These include:

• Increasing housekeeping staff at the track to elevate frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces
· Using cleaning products that meet current EPA and CDC guidelines for registered disinfectants to be used against COVID-19
· Educating all employees on CDC prevention guidance, including proper handwashing technique and requesting that all vendors communicate strict hygiene protocol to staff
· Increasing public hand-sanitizing stations in high-traffic areas, containing sanitizer that meets or exceeds the CDC standard for alcohol content
· Reducing required hand-to-hand interactions between customers and staff at concession areas and other key IMS locations.

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More stringent enforcement of MCO soon, with tighter rules and regulations to be introduced in phase two

Has the movement control order (MCO), which began on March 18 and now extended to April 14, been effective at keeping people at home or where they are? Despite public compliance said to be at around 95% and 110 arrests having being made for flouting the order, this doesn’t seem to be the case, at least not in the Klang Valley today, judging by the increased levels of traffic reported earlier in certain parts.

Roadblocks have been put in place to curb unnecessary movement by the public, and it was reported that 163,487 vehicles were checked by the police in 1,719 areas yesterday. That, however, hasn’t deterred many from attempting the drive out beyond getting food and supplies nearby.

Some of the excuses provided to cops at roadblocks have been quite astounding. These have ranged from needing to go to the office to water the plant, sending a cake and buying a newspaper to going out of the way to seek out a special dish or to buy tools. Some have even been stopped for having more than one occupant in a car.

Well, there’s news for you, folks, because it’s going to get tougher to do that soon, as The Star reports. According to defence minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, stricter regulations will be enforced during the second phase of the MCO to ensure the measures taken to break the Covid-19 chain of infection achieves the desired goals.

He said under the ongoing first phase of the MCO, people have been allowed to move around, with some restrictions, but this could soon change. “The national security council (NSC) has been asked to draft a new standard operating procedure for phase two of the MCO, where the rules and regulations are tighter and more stringent than what is in place now. So after this, there will be more restrictions imposed,” he said.

He did not reveal what the new measures would be, but said that the NSC would present the new standard operating procedure this Saturday, March 28.

Once again, we remind everyone that if it is absolutely necessary for you to get provisions, medical supplies and food, please make it fast and limit the distance travelled for those purposes, and remember the one person per car rule. You can try switching to delivery services for food as much as possible, or at least on alternate occasions, in a bid to heed the government’s call to just stay at home. Very soon, you might have no choice but to, all because of those that have refused to comply.

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More Than a Show Car, This 1959 Imperial Crown Custom Gets Driven Hard – Hot Rod

Murray Pfaff’s 1959 Imperial Speedster is still Fresh Looking Ten Years and 10,000 Miles Later

It has been about a decade since we first glimpsed Murray Pfaff’s radical vision named Imperial Speedster. Built from a 1959 Imperial Crown Custom, the car has a long history with HOT ROD, first written about more than 10 years ago when it was still just a concept. The subsequent 10 years have done nothing to diminish the dazzling impression of its bold design statement.

In fact, the car’s category-bending execution—it is part street rod, part custom, part restomod, and part Fifties-show car—contributes to a timelessness that’s undefined by the era or prevailing build trends in which it was constructed. It has helped that Pfaff has continued to refine the car over the years, including a complete color change and new wheels in the past year or so, which has contemporized a car not otherwise bound by the expectations of a specific genre of the hot rodding world.

“You see many custom-built cars that arrive on the scene, make a splash, and then disappear entirely,” says Pfaff. “I never wanted that for the Imperial Speedster. I had always intended this car to make a bold statement but also to live on beyond the initial round of car-show debuts. It was always a car intended to be driven and enjoyed.”

Road Trip Veteran

Indeed, it has. After the initial wave of attention subsided during the first couple of years of making rounds at all the big events in North America, Pfaff and the Speedster settled into a cozy cruising relationship. He drove it two times on the HOT ROD Power Tour, where it was dubbed the “trailer queen without a trailer,” and the car remains a fixture on Woodward Avenue in suburban Detroit, where the healthy summer cruising season brings hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars, and vehicles of all types to the historic boulevard every weekend.

“The reaction to the car today is just as strong as it was nearly a decade ago, and that’s been one of the most satisfying results of building it,” says Pfaff. “I never get tired of answering questions about it, because when people see the Speedster in person and comprehend just how much work went into building it, they’re amazed and excited. It’s a thrill to see the car still elicit those responses.”

Scale is what astounds about the Imperial Speedster, literally and figuratively. Pfaff started with a gargantuan 1959 Imperial Crown Custom sedan and, over the course of 4 1/2 years, converted it into a two-seat roadster, slicing nearly 5 feet out of the car’s length, while also narrowing the body 8 inches and sectioning it 3 inches.

It all involved cutting the body into 46 major sections, trimming and cutting them, and finally splicing them all back together on a custom, telescoping body jig designed and built by contributing builder Steve Langdon. It was a tremendous undertaking, with even the trunklid, for example, having to be cut into four pieces before it was resized and rescaled; all while still incorporating the spare tire motif of the original Imperial. Then there were the doors, constructed of elements of both the Imperial’s original front and rear doors.

Friends Steve Germond, Steve Langdon, Tom Gardner, and Pfaff himself handled the metalwork, while Mike Brimm and Chuck Yee contributed to the bodywork; Brim and Jeff Matauch painted the car.

“I was inspired by the dramatic cars of the Motorama era, where the bold, optimistic styling of the concept cars had real flair,” says Pfaff. “Their strong styling, even in the most radical forms, was always rooted in careful proportions that conveyed presence and performance. That’s what I wanted from the very beginning with the Speedster, and once we got the body proportions just right, we then concentrated on the chassis and powertrain for it.”

Modern Power

The chassis, a modified Schwartz Performance “G-machine” square-tube steel frame, which houses a contemporary 6.1 liter SRT Hemi engine up front and a modified Dodge Viper independent suspension and axle in the rear. In between is a Mopar A518 four-speed overdrive automatic transmission, prepped by Phoenix Transmission, which is connected to the Imperial’s original push-button gear selector on the dashboard.

About that dashboard: it’s lifted from a 1960 Imperial for its big, round gauge pods. It is another piece of exquisite craftsmanship, because, while it looks for all the world like the original transposed into the custom body, it’s important to remember that, because the car was narrowed a significant 8 inches, the dashboard was also narrowed. Slicing that section out of its underlying steel frame wasn’t the challenge—rebuilding it with resized and reproportioned trim was, and the results are stunning.

It’s worth noting that all of the metalwork, and virtually the rest of the build, were accomplished in Pfaff’s two-car home garage.

Imperial Speedster Updates and Accolades

The Imperial Speedster was originally painted a champagne color and fitted with distinctive orange wire wheels, but to keep the car fresh, Murray recently disassembled the car and had it repainted a custom Evolution Green color that turned out so well that PPG plans to offer it soon. The wheels were also changed to 18-inch front/19-inch rear Throttle-design billet aluminum wheels from Schott Wheels, wrapped in custom Goldline tires from Diamond Back Classics. They’re part of an evolution of the car’s styling, which also includes new, leather-trimmed seats with plaid inserts, new LED-lit gauges with custom graphics, and a new, dark brown custom-folding roof that adds all-weather protection for a car that’s seen its share of inclement conditions on the road over the years. There’s even a new electric parking brake from a Tesla.

The updates contemporize one of the last decade’s most distinctive builds—one with so many unique features and examples of painstaking attention to detail that it’s virtually impossible and, frankly, fruitless to call out all of them. Like a piece of true art or a ground-breaking show car, every brush stroke or weld is important, but it’s what they create collectively that makes the creation more than sum of its parts.

We hesitate to call the Imperial Speedster a show car, too, or simply a custom, because Pfaff has demonstrated it’s much more than that.

Sure, the list of accolades includes more than a dozen big awards, a display at the Playboy Mansion, and even comments from Virgil Exner, Jr., son of the late, great Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner, who said of the Speedster: “I know my father would love it.” What’s most important to note is that this car is a driver—a hard driver. In addition to a couple of stints on the Hot Rod Power Tour, which demands a truly sorted vehicle, Pfaff has also run the car on the drag strip and carved the cones at a Goodguys autocross in pursuit of the Street Machine of the Year title.

In that form-and-function regard, it’s a pure hot rod, through and through. It’s also one that puts a smile on the faces of the automotive-oblivious and jaded old-timers alike, because, even with the quickest of glances, it’s immediately apparent it looks like and conforms to nothing else on the road. There’s no pretense, either. It’s a pure exercise for the sake of design extravagance.

“In the beginning, it wasn’t clear the concept could be realized, but we made it work,” says Pfaff. “Everyone who contributed to bringing the Imperial Speedster to life has my enduring gratitude.”

Ten years later, Pfaff’s vision remains as fresh, relevant and inspiring as the first time we shared those original construction shots. Those are the hallmarks of a true classic hot rod.

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SIAM, FADA to move SC for more time to register BS4 vehicles

According to a media report, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and Federation of Automotive Dealers (FADA) are planning to approach the Supreme Court to ask for an extension of the March 31, 2020 deadline for the registration for BS4 vehicles. This move comes amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus which has resulted in fewer footfalls in showrooms.

Two-wheeler dealers are worried about the high unsold inventory of BS4 bikes. While most of the BS4 four-wheelers have been sold, only select stock of certain non-moving colours and models is unsold. The deadline for registering all BS4 vehicles is just 2 weeks away and stocks of BS4 two-wheelers is still high.

SIAM is expected to approach its members and acquire their consent before approaching the Supreme Court of India.


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Horner: Inevitable that more races will be postponed

Calling off the Australian GP at the 11th hour, Christian Horner feels “inevitably” more races will be postponed or cancelled starting with next weekend’s Bahrain GP.

Despite sporting field around the globe cancelling events, Formula 1 defiantly headed to Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The bosses insisted that the race would go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.

However, as one McLaren staff member tested positive, calls began in earnest for the race to be called off.

That decision came some 12 hours after McLaren withdrew from the grand prix weekend, citing a “care of duty” to everyone else attending the GP.

McLaren subsequently revealed that aside from the team member who had tested positive, 14 others are now in quarantine.

That cast doubt on the Woking team’s participation at the next race, the Bahrain GP, however, Horner reckons it is “inevitable” that the grand prix is postponed.

“That’s yet to be confirmed I believe, but it’s difficult to see how teams will go to Bahrain,” the Red Bull team boss told

“I think inevitably, there is going to be some discussion about postponement.

“We need to wait to see what the promoter has to say. I’m sure they’re getting it from all angles.

“They’re more informed than we are of the situation with the early European races, Vietnam, etc.

“Inevitably there is going to be a delay.”

Earlier this month Bahrain announced that the grand prix would take place behind closed doors without a single spectator.

But with the F1 paddock recording a positive Covid-19 test, even getting into Bahrain is now in question.

Added to that Vietnam, which would have been round three, is believed to be wanting to postpone its race in light of the outbreak.

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Horner: More delays to start of F1 2020 season now “inevitable”

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says it is inevitable there will be further delays to the start of the Formula 1 season after the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled.

F1 and the FIA issued a statement on Friday morning confirming the cancellation of the Melbourne race after one member of the McLaren team tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday evening. Teams had been engaged in talks overnight discussing the possibility of racing, with three outfits understood to be in favour, only for the event organisers to make a final decision and call off the race.

While there has been no official decision yet taken on the status of next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled to take place behind closed doors, Horner said it was “fairly inevitable” the race would not be going ahead.

“That’s yet to be confirmed I believe, but it’s difficult to see how teams will go to Bahrain,” he added. understands other teams have already made clear they will not be racing in Bahrain next weekend. Uncertainty remains for most of the early-season rounds as the COVID-19 epidemic continues to impact global sport and travel routes.

The Vietnam Grand Prix is scheduled for April 3-5, with the opening European round set to take place in the Netherlands on May 1-3.

Horner said it looked likely there would be further delays to the start of the new season, but was awaiting confirmation from the race promoters on the matter.

“I think inevitably, there is going to be some discussion about postponement,” Horner said when asked by if the season needed to be put on hold. “We need to wait to see what the promoter has to say. I’m sure they’re getting it from all angles.

“They’re more informed than we are of the situation with the early European races, Vietnam, etc. Inevitably there is going to be a delay.”

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