Limited staff presence in the F1 paddock and a need to simplify logistics has forced teams to replace their luxurious motorhomes with tents and awnings this season.
Formula 1’s efforts to build a closed and safe environment to shelter itself from the coronavirus pandemic will lead to a very different looking paddock this summer, starting next week in Austria.
To mitigate the risk of a presence of COVID-19 in the paddock, teams will follow general protocols imposed by the FIA and their own internal procedures, and operate in bubbles segregated from each other.
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However, with team personnel on race weekends limited to 80 individuals, it has been decided to replace F1’s lavish hospitality structures that require significant staff to build with tents in awnings that will be located directly at the exit of each team’s garage.
This means that team trucks will no longer be parked adjacent to pit garages but further away in the paddock.