Formula 1’s planned factory closure has been extended to five weeks.
The decision made following an agreement by F1’s 10 teams.
The extension is as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has adversely affected the sport.
The extension is aimed at saving costs and as a result, the 10 teams
agreed to move the earlier two-week August shutdown forward and extend it to three weeks.
The World Motor Sport Council agreed to extend the agreement from 21 days to 35 days of shutdown, to be taken in March, April and/or May.
The agreement accordingly applies to both race teams and engine manufactures.
The 10 teams in question are Europe-based.
They reportedly own factories in countries where government-mandated shutdown is already in place.
Some of the teams are
McLaren, Racing Point and Williams.