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Formula 1 could start World Championship in October

The 2020 F1 season could be 8-19 races and end in January 2021

Formula 1 could still hold a World Championship in 2020 if the season starts in October. F1 managing director Ross Brawn said races could be held behind closed doors to get the season started once the coronavirus pandemic eases.

Brawn told Sky "every permutation is being discussed. If you wanted a drop-dead point (deadline), it would be October." F1 must run a minimum of eight races for a season to be classed as a World Championship.

"But then there's always the possibility we could run into next year, and that's being explored - could we stray into January to finish the season."

Brawn said racing on permanent circuits is easier to re-schedule than temporary tracks such as street circuits. The iconic Monaco Grand Prix already cancelled permanently this year while the other eight races have only been postponed with the possibility of rescheduling.

Brawn said he believed the duration of the 2020 season could be 8-19 races and plans for the season were fluctuating on a daily basis. "It's a very dynamic and volatile situation," he said.

To fir 19 races into the schedule the 2020 F1 season would have to start in July and probably end in January 2021.

"We're looking at the logistics of a closed race, how we would get the people there, how we would protect them, how we would make it safe," Brawn said.

"We could have a very enclosed environment where the teams come in on charters (flights), we channel them into the circuit, we make sure everyone's tested, cleared, there's no risk to anyone and we have a race without spectators.

"That's not great but I think it's still better than no racing at all.

"I think we have to remember there's millions of people that follow the sport sat at home... to be able to put on a sport and entertain people would be a huge bonus with this crisis we have."

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