Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo has given hope to Components 1 followers by revealing to talkSPORT when the 2020 season might lastly begin.
Nevertheless, the potential date would imply a minimum of TWO extra Grands Prix might be postponed to hitch the eight races already faraway from the calendar.
The coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the Australian GP – Ricciardo’s dwelling race – on the eve of the season opener getting underway, whereas the historic Monaco GP quickly went the identical approach.
Moreover, occasions in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Vietnam have all been postponed with no new dates but in place given there are not any ensures as to when the 2020 season will truly start.
The primary race remaining on the calendar is the Canadian GP, which is because of happen on June 14 in Montreal.
Nevertheless, Ricciardo has completely advised talkSPORT a July begin date is being predicted which might imply the races in Canada and France (June 28) would additionally must be rescheduled or cancelled.
“I’ve stored in touch with the crew and we’re simply making an attempt to determine what’s going on,” stated Ricciardo. “I’m additionally conscious that nobody actually has a maintain of this virus but.
“We’re predicting possibly July we are going to get going, however, actually, who is aware of?”
The primary race scheduled for July is in Austria on the fifth of the month, with the British GP on account of happen 14 days later.
Regardless of predicting the season to start in July, Ricciardo hopes to see no extra races postponed with the marketing campaign as an alternative starting in Canada, which is presently scheduled as spherical one on the 2020 calendar.
Requested about which Grand Prix he would need because the opener after the coronavirus pandemic, Ricciardo replied: “I imply the fantasy reply is Melbourne – I’d love for it to get began at dwelling – however figuring out what I do know for now, I don’t suppose Montreal has been cancelled but and that’s the subsequent one on the record.
“I like Montreal as a metropolis and a circuit; it’s one in all my favorite Grands Prix.
“So if we might begin there that might make my day.”
Ricciardo was, alongside along with his fellow drivers, in Melbourne earlier this month for the season opening Aussie GP.
The occasion was on account of go forward as deliberate regardless of sports activities occasions being cancelled left, proper, and centre throughout the globe, and it was ultimately pulled within the wake of McLaren withdrawing from the race three days earlier than it was on account of start after a member of their crew examined constructive for COVID-19
Ricciardo has offered a first-hand account of being straight concerned in such a weird state of affairs.
“It was bizarre being there, and even on Thursday I used to be making ready myself to compete that weekend,” he continued.
“However I used to be by no means sure it was going to occur; I knew there was a slight threat it might all get pulled final minute.
“The bombshell for me was actually after I went to mattress on Thursday night time, and simply earlier than I went to sleep I noticed McLaren had pulled out of the race, due to the case inside their crew.
“I then stayed up for most likely one other three hours making an attempt to fish out a bit extra data, however I knew then we weren’t going to race and not using a full grid.
“To be trustworthy, I used to be now not comfy with it both; I used to be like, ‘look, that is the primary race of the season, both we’re all in it or we’re not, that’s simply how it’s’.
And the way is the sensation in F1 proper now with a lot uncertainty over the game and the 2020 season specifically?
The Renault ace completed: “From the groups’ standpoint there’s nonetheless the annoyance of once we will get going.
“What I’m seeing within the information is that almost all locations have taken the measures they’ve have to – with lockdowns and never leaving your home – so I really feel the earlier everybody begins to comprise it that ought to be the correct route to lastly say goodbye to this virus.
“That offers me confidence that sooner fairly than later we are going to see it go off, however for now, from a standpoint of the racing, I simply need to get racing.
“Clearly Melbourne was a disappointment to not occur, however for positive I need to do it when folks’s well being is again the place it ought to be. That’s the precedence.”