Returning travelers to the UK who have stayed in listed countries in the previous 10 days are required to pay a mandatory 10-day quarantine at government approved hotels.
Turkey will officially join the Red List on May 12, a month ahead of the race’s scheduled date of June 13.
It is understood that the usual UK government exemptions which allow F1 team staff and others directly involved in the sport to avoid quarantine cannot be applied to countries on the red list.
This would impact the seven UK-based teams as well as many F1 and FIA staff who return to the UK between races.
Media staff are not part of the usual exemption process, but should now quarantine themselves in hotels rather than at home, as is usually the case.
This was potentially going to be a problem for the Portuguese GP, which was on the red list until a few weeks before the race.
Although the staff went directly to the Spanish GP, they would still have been forced to quarantine if they had been in Portugal for the previous 10 days, so the options were to stay in Spain for a few days. additional or to go directly to Monaco.
Istanbul park track detail
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Following today’s government announcement, an F1 spokesperson said: “We are aware of the UK government’s announcement regarding travel restrictions for Turkey and are assessing the situation and we will provide more details in the coming days. ”
Although the UK government regularly reviews the Red List, F1 can’t wait too long to ask if the race can still take place, for obvious logistical reasons.
The redlist issue also has an impact on the Champions League final, which is due to take place in Istanbul on May 29 between British clubs Manchester City and Chelsea. Efforts are being made to move the match to the UK.
Turkey was only added to the calendar recently following the cancellation of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
It is the second in a pair of consecutive races with Azerbaijan, cars and equipment traveling by air.
Freight is due to return to the team’s factories after Istanbul, and after rebuilds, the cars are expected to be packed into team trucks for the journey to a second pair of consecutive races in France and Austria.
The tight schedule and the transition from the flyaway format to road travel means F1 has little flexibility if it has to look for a replacement for Turkey.
Possible options could be to add an extra race at the Paul Ricard before the French GP, or to take the French GP forward by a week and add a second event to the Red Bull Ring, creating a new triple in- head.