Formula 1 stated that it is monitoring the situation regarding the Turkish GP after the UK announced the country is on a Covid-19 travel red list.
The travelers coming home to the UK from the countries that are on the red list will be forced to stay in quarantine for ten days. Turkey, which is set to hold a race instead of Canada, will be joining the list on May 12th, one month before the race.
Some exceptions in terms of rules for Covid-19 are made for the people that work in Formula 1. However, it is not like that for the countries that are on the red list. That means that seven-team and the FIA personnel would have issues traveling back to the UK from Turkey.
After that the news has been published, a Formula 1 spokesperson said: “We are aware of the announcement made by the UK government regarding travel restrictions for Turkey and are assessing the situation and will provide more details in the coming days.”
The red list is always reviewed by the UK government, but Formula 1 needs to decide as soon as possible whether it will race in Turkey or if it has to find a new venue for the Grand Prix.
The calendar is very packed this season, and it would not be easy for Formula 1 to find a new country that could hold the Grand Prix if Turkey will be ruled out due to Covid-19.
The possible options could be: adding a second race at Paul Ricard before the French GP or delaying the French GP by one week and hosting a second race at the Red Bull Ring, creating a new tripleheader.