Austrian Grand Prix: Masks, remote-control trolleys for Formula 1's new-look podium

Austrian Grand Prix: Masks, remote-control trolleys for Formula 1’s new-look podium

 The high three finishers in Sunday`s season-opening Austrian Formula One Grand Prix can have towels and water delivered to them by remote-controlled trolley earlier than they will get their fingers on any champagne.

They should additionally put on facemasks earlier than stepping up onto socially-distanced particular person rostrums positioned in entrance of their vehicles on the start-finish line as a consequence of strict anti-pandemic measures.

Formula One race director Michael Masi outlined particulars of the brand new post-race procedures in a notice to groups forward of the game`s first championship grand prix to be held completely with out spectators.

The main three should park up subsequent to boards marking the primary, second and third positions on the beginning/end straight.

They will then step out to be weighed on transportable scales positioned subsequent to their vehicles and conduct the official interviews.

“Once the interviews have been completed a remote-control trolley with water and towel will be delivered to each driver,” the notice continued. “No other drinks are permitted in the parc ferme area.”

The rostrum and dais will likely be positioned in entrance of the vehicles, as an alternative of the extra acquainted podium positioned above a crowded pit lane or monitor full of cheering crew members and flag-waving followers.

The drivers will then transfer to their particular person podium steps earlier than the nationwide anthems are performed and digital flags displayed.

No dignitaries will likely be concerned within the presentation of trophies.

“The champagne celebrations will then take place,” the notice mentioned.

Sunday`s race is the primary main international sporting occasion being held since nations emerged from the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Red Bull Ring is working beneath strict well being and security necessities, with drivers and groups subjected to common testing for COVID-19 and working in `bubbles inside bubbles` to restrict any threat of an outbreak of the virus.

The typical sponsors and VIPs usually are not in attendance and crew numbers are restricted. Permanently accredited media usually are not allowed within the paddock or pit lane until working for broadcasters or Formula One.

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