HANOI: Vietnam could host the country's first Formula One Grand Prix in late November, the ruling body of its capital city said on Monday, as the country approaches three months without domestic transmission of the coronavirus. The Vietnam Grand Prix was initially due to take place in Hanoi on April 5 but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Organisers said they would monitor the virus situation and pick another time for the race. "We are assessing all virus-related issues and will discuss them with the organisers. Hopefully the race can be resumed by end-November," Hanoi's chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said at a meeting attended by local media, of which a recording was obtained by Reuters. Chung did not elaborate
LONDON: McLaren withdrew from Formula One's doomed Australian season-opener in March when an employee tested positive for COVID-19, but team boss Andreas Seidl is confident this weekend's second attempt in Austria will be very different. The March 15 race in Melbourne was cancelled before a wheel had turned, and Formula One has had to wait more than 100 days for another opportunity to go racing after countries went into lockdown. Sunday's opener at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring will be the latest ever start to a Formula One season, and the first to get going in Austria. It will take place in a changed landscape, one without spectators or sponsors present while teams operate in 'bubbles' with strict health and safety
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 jointly 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 dealing with this challenge," F1 chief Ross Brawn said. The Red Bull Ring, nestling in the picturesque Styrian mountains, has been put into a fortress-like lockdown
VIENNA: Austria will support the purchase of electric cars with 5,000 euros from July, Economy Minister Leonore Gewessler said on Monday. "Traffic is and remains the problem child of the climate balance," Gewessler said at a news conference. "We want to deploy all available instruments for a turnaround in mobility." The country will also triple its support for charge points, she said at a news conference.
LONDON: Seven months after they last competed in earnest, the Formula One circus will push a post-lockdown reset button to open the 2020 season in Austria on Sunday. The event at Spielberg is being held on its original calendar date, but is not the once-anticipated 11th round of the championship, but the first - a season-opener delayed by the global coronavirus pandemic. More than three months after the Australian Grand Prix was abandoned on the eve of opening practice in Melbourne, the race in the Styrian Alps will be run behind closed doors, without fans, sponsors' agents and guests and only a handful of reporters restricted to the media centre. The usual high-rise motor homes will be replaced by tents
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had a telephonic conversation with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to convery his Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to the people of both the countries. PM Modi also spoke to Austria President Alexander Van der Bellen to discuss the Covid-19 situation. During the phone conversation with the Qatar Emir, PM Modi appreciated the personal care taken by the Emir for ensuring the welfare of Indian citizens in Qatar during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an official statement. "The Qatar Emir also appreciated the contributions of the Indian community in the country, especially the role being played by Indian health workers to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Prime