Day: July 4, 2020

Formula One season starts Sunday, four months late and in a different world

Ferrari’s crew members do warmup exercises before the first practice session of the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg, Austria.(Getty Images)

 

SPIELBERG, Austria — Four months after the opening race was called off at the last minute, the Formula One season finally gets underway this weekend on another continent and in a different-looking world.

There will be no fans on hand at the remote Spielberg track in Austria, with the coronavirus still creating uncertainty over how many races can actually be held — and where.

That may not be the only unusual sight, as drivers are discussing whether to take the knee together on the grid before Sunday’s race in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been an outspoken supporter of the movement and will be competing in an all-black Mercedes car — instead