LONDON — Formula One teams will operate in bubbles within bubbles when the season starts behind closed doors in Austria next week after being stalled since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will be no spectators, no sponsors or VIP guests wandering the paddock and limited social interaction even between teammates.
Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies reckons the biggest challenge, for his mechanics at least, could be having to wear face masks at all times in the heat and tight confines of the garage.
“We have been starting to get used to it all of us now, because it’s becoming part of our normal life,” the Frenchman told reporters in a video call ahead of the July 5 opener to discuss the ‘new normal’ and safety protocols.
“Here at Ferrari it’s compulsory, so we wear it (the mask) at