Date published: April 29 2020
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s former motorsport boss, has lashed out at Formula 1’s plans to start the 2020 season in July.
The first 10 scheduled races of the season have been called off, but plans have been announced to get the 2020 campaign started with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5, potentially as part of a double-header with another race at the Red Bull Ring on the following weekend.
That hasn’t gone down well though with Hembery, who called the plan “desperate” and “misguided”.
“F1 looks at best desperate and misguided, maybe at worse misleading or was this [statement] for the shareholders and the stock market?,” he questioned in a social media post, as quoted by Motorsportweek.com.
“When the world is in lockdown, and no-one is able to understand or predict the next months, F1 announces it will try and start the season in July. Whilst the financial challenges are enormous for the sport, and the viability of teams, promoters and the rights holder itself a big question, today was not the time to announce anything but the cancellation of the F1 season.”
Formula 1 has seen the value of its shares crash on the stock market, so Hembery questions if the announcement is just an attempt at recovery.
“F1 is a multi national, multi cultural sport, that even in a reduced format would be taking thousands of people across the globe. They escaped Australia by a fine margin,” he said.
“It is clear