Former NTT IndyCar Series driver Patrick Carpentier says he believes that the Canadian Grand Prix which is due to be Formula One’s season opening race on June 14 will go ahead.
Speaking about the current situation, the Canadian stated that in his opinion a Grand Prix can’t take place without Ferrari and he believes given the current situation in Italy surrounding COVID 19 it would be frowned upon for the Italian team to travel and compete in the race.
The Canadian Grand Prix organisers have said that they will make a decision in the coming days as to whether or not the race will go ahead or not.
Carpentier’s comments come after organisers of the NTT IndyCar Series season opening Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix Of Detroit presented by Lear announced on Monday that the race has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID 19 global pandemic.
It was also announced on Monday that the ROKiT Williams Racing team have furloughed a number of employees with their drivers and senior team management taking voluntary pay cuts.
Paddock Eye have learned that the Formula One organisation have furloughed staff from their London HQ while both CEO Chase Carey and Formula One Sporting Managing Director Ross Brawn have taken 20 percent pay cuts.
In the US, the NTT IndyCar Series announced on Monday following the cancellation of the Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear that they have added three extra races to the schedule in Iowa, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Should the Canadian Grand Prix be cancelled or postpond it is probable that the Formula One season won’t start until at least the 5th July with the Austrian Grand Prix as Paddock Eye understands that the French Grand Prix is also set to be postponed.
The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season is as it stands due to start on June 9 under lights at Texas Motor Speedway.