Hello, I'm Terry Saunders and this is the state of F1 or rather it should be look cough action this year asked me to do some videos ranting about the my new shy of Formula One because life is good and nothing else matters and there's nothing to worry about right?
It was gonna be funny video is about How can better control his temper or will lose someone pays tax or or bought us.
Thats us but instead, I've had to come out of self isolation to talk about the elephant in the room which, actually Sorry, I'm not being funny.
Can you move back that's not 2 metres Thanks.
The elephant in the room is of course the apocalypse.
It's going to kill us all.
Go into the pub is canceled go into an office is canceled.
Standing next is someone who's canceled F1 is canceled, or is it?
Let's face it.
This is the view we're going to have a very grand prix that happened this year, cars pelting around empty grandstands like every race is in the Middle East.
The drivers love to do press conferences behind screens as if they're working in a branch at Barclays Martin's grid war would just be a bunch of people you don't recognize on the zoom call.
The thing is cutting out fans is only part of COVID safe f1.
They call for on a circus, but it's actually more like an invading army, every team has mechanics and engineers, every track needs a certain amount of marshals to stay safe, when a race is on a local hospital has to be on standby, you need pilots for helicopters, drivers for emergencies, medical car, safety cars, that's a lot of people, then there's the media.
Even scale back you still need people for cameras for sound overseeing transmission.
Everyone needs to eat **** and sleep with our major Nui he's of past such thing.
But whichever way you look at it having a Grand Prix has the potential to bring in thousands of virus super spreaders into a country.
And let's not even forget in the bloke west of wave the flag at the back of the grid before the race starts.
There are some further reductions one can make.
I've played the Xbox version of F1, and at least half the mechanics just stand there like cardboard cutouts.
And then there's those ones that just take up space in the middle of the race, sitting on folding chairs.
They can stay home.
Even the medical staff can work from home.
If there's been a bad crash, they can use a phone out to assess the injuries remotely.
Can you move your legs?
How many fingers am I holding up?
No, he's dead.
F1 is dangerous.
We get that.
But this is different.
A mechanic coming down with a persistent cough could be more deadly than lapping the Nordschleife in a car made of foil.
Which ever way you look at it, the risk is going to be huge, the logistics mind boggling and the spectacle, underwhelming.
I have a solution.
In the Grand Prix takes place in the woods, but no one's there to see it.
Did it really happen?
For all this effort and expense it all starts to get a bit existential.
Racing has already proved that you don't have to conduct the races.
So why take the risk?
thing is there wasn't time before dedicated f1 channels where we didn't even get to watch the races fully live.
It'd be a five minute segment on grandstand or you'd have to wait the next day for a newspaper report or for Ceefax to update like a 1980s Twitter I'd like to the fact that we're in so used to games like championship manager in motorsport manager where races and matches assimilated in the computer and not even real.
And we're all tweeting races these days.
Anyway, we've got all the ingredients.
Why don't we go the whole hog?
What I'm saying is we can still have the races without actually having the races.
Pretend the cameras are all broken and just show fake updates.
Make careful no retro text adventure again.
See, almost as good as a real thing, and he's totally safe.
Okay, well, it's at least better than the French Grand Prix.