Racing Point suggests season-long restrictive bubble after Sergio Pérez tests positive

The Mexican driver is the first in F1 to contract Covid-19.

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After Sergio Pérez tested positive for the coronavirus, it was revealed after that the driver had flown home to Mexico to visit his mother post the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Formula One may consider imposing a season-long restrictive bubble between Formula One personnel and the rest of the world after Sergio Pérez became the sport’s first driver to contract the virus.

After Pérez tested positive for the virus on Thursday, it was revealed after that the driver had flown home to Mexico to visit his mother post the Hungarian Grand Prix. Racing Point’s team principal Otmar Szafnauer defended Pérez, saying he was within the FIA’s current code of conduct as he made the trip.

“I don’t think Checo did anything wrong going back to his family. He took all the precautions, it is no different than Ferrari going back to Italy,” defended Szafnauer.


However, he did add that perhaps the FIA should consider putting in place a season-long restrictive bubble. “In hindsight perhaps we should look at that and change the code and say throughout the season you stay in your bubble. That is something for the FIA to consider. The code of conduct is a living document as we learn this process.”

Do restrictive bubbles work?
Formula One isn’t the first sport to consider a bubble. A few months ago, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that they would be corralling all players, coaches and team/league personnel at one place - Disney World in Orlando, Florida - to resume the season in a safe manner. Upon arrival at the NBA bubble, every player, coach and staff member had to self-isolate in their rooms for up to 48 hours until they received two negative COVID-19 tests.

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Players and personnel are allowed to leave the ‘NBA bubble’ with the understanding that they will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days upon their return.

Although the idea of a bubble seemed ridiculous at first, it does seem to be working for the sport. On July 29, the NBA and players' union announced that none of the 344 players tested since July 20 had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tennis also seems to be taking a page of the NBA’s rulebook. Even as coronavirus cases in the US are rising, US Open organizers say they are confident of their safety plans as look to start the tournament on August 31 in a bubble quarantine setting without spectators at the National Tennis Center. So far, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have committed to playing in the US Open.

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The summer of sport is in jeopardy. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, organisers are cutting their losses and either cancelling or postponing marquee sporting events till the public health crisis abates.

The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed.

Here’s a roundup of all the major sporting events that have been upended by coronavirus.

The summer of sport is in jeopardy. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the globe, organisers are cutting their losses and either cancelling or postponing marquee sporting events till the publ..
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The Indian Premier League, which was slated to begin on March 29, has postponed the start of its thirteenth season to April 15. England called off its tour of Sri Lanka. The English Cricket Board said that the decision went “beyond cricket.”

India and South Africa cancelled international matches. It was initially decided that games would be played behind closed doors. Member of the South African team are self-isolating after it was revealed that they stayed in the same hotel in Lucknow as Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The ICC has not amended its Future Tours Programme, but may be forced to do so for bilateral series scheduled to take place in the coming months.

The Indian Premier League, which was slated to begin on March 29, has postponed the start of its thirteenth season to April 15. England called off its tour of Sri Lanka. The English Cricket Board sai..
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International tournaments like Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been moved to the summer of 2021. Club football has also been disrupted. The Premier League suspended games on March 13 after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi contracted Covid-19.

All other major European leagues like Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, and Italy’s Serie A have been suspended. All Champions League and Europa League games have been postponed indefinitely. Football leagues in Asia and Latin America have also been cancelled. The Indian Super League final was played behind closed doors in Goa.

International tournaments like Euro 2020 and the Copa America have been moved to the summer of 2021. Club football has also been disrupted. The Premier League suspended games on March 13 after Arsena..
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The French Open, which was scheduled to be held between May 24 and June 7, has be postponed to late September, meaning that it will happen a week after the US Open. Meanwhile, top ATP events like the Miami Open and the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, were cancelled.

The sport’s governing body said that all tour event stand cancelled till April 27. The situation will be reevaluated then. WTA events have also been impacted. The Fed Cup will not happen as planned in Budapest, in April, as will other tournaments.

The French Open, which was scheduled to be held between May 24 and June 7, has be postponed to late September, meaning that it will happen a week after the US Open. Meanwhile, top ATP events like the..
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The NBA suspended its season on March 11 after an unnamed Utah Jazz player was found to have tested positive for the coronavirus, barely moments before his team took on Oklahoma City in a league game.

This decision comes in the wake of individual teams like the Golden State Warriors barring fans from attending home games. The college basketball season in the United States has been put on hold. Europe’s top competition, the Europleague, announced that no games will be played till April 11.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last week that there is likelihood of the season being cancelled, and that the suspension would probably last for “at least 30 days.”

The NBA suspended its season on March 11 after an unnamed Utah Jazz player was found to have tested positive for the coronavirus, barely moments before his team took on Oklahoma City in a league game..
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The Australian Grand Prix , the season-opening race of this year’s Formula One calendar, was cancelled. Subsequent races in China, Bahrain, and Vietnam were postponed. The season will now start in May at the earliest. The FIA said that it is evaluating the situation, and that it will take a decision on whether to truncate the season in the coming weeks. NASCAR postponed races in Atlanta and Miami. IndyCar racing has been suspended till May.

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