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F1 precision to tackle virus threat

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PARIS • The Formula One season roars into action at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg this weekend with "military-like", coronavirus-busting sanitary regulations.

Every single person who sets foot inside the Red Bull Ring – where the first two races of the rescheduled season take place – must adhere to strict health and safety protocols developed by the organisers and teams, who have employed their genius for logistics to the task at hand.

"The meticulous approach of the teams to both logistics and engineering and procedures and protocols is what we've transferred into our approach to… this challenge," F1 chief Ross Brawn said.

The circuit, nestled in the picturesque Styrian mountains, has been put into a fortress-like lockdown and will host the first race on Sunday and a second next week.

Brawn predicted teams would be quick to adapt to all new measures.

"It suits our culture, our philosophy of working through every scenario, plan A, plan B, plan C," said the Briton, who added that there was a 2m social-distancing rule and compulsory visors or masks.

Each team have been reduced to a maximum of 80 staff, and they will be asked to refrain from mixing with other groups and even split into sub-groups so as to limit any possible cross contagion.

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The teams will travel in motor-homes and once on site will use the facilities there to cook.

Everyone at the track, where no spectators will be allowed, will be tested and have their temperature checked regularly.

Organisers also said they will be ready to react and improve or adapt to developing situations in the same way they do with races.

"We will live and learn," Brawn added. "That's the nature of F1. It's very military-like in its approach."

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