Former FIA President Max Mosley believes his successor Jean Todt and Liberty Media should call off the 2020 Formula 1 season due to continued uncertainty over the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Mosley took charge of the FIA in 1993 from Jean-Marie Balestre and presided over four successive terms as the head of Motorsport’s leading governing body, eventually resigning from his role in 2009.
In the past week, we have seen a further two races in Canada and France being postponed due to the pandemic, bringing the total up to nine with Australia and Monaco being cancelled altogether.
Other sports have been forced to reschedule their respective events and championships, however, Mosley believes F1 should abandon any plans for the rest of the calendar year and start afresh in 2021.
“The situation risks getting worse if we wait,” the Briton said in an interview with the DPA agency.
“There’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to race again in July, it’s very uncertain. If we cancel the season now it will be clearer for the teams and Grand Prix organisers to take action and plan for the future.
“As long as we don’t know what the pandemic is going to do from a global perspective, it is impossible to make rational plans for Formula 1.”
F1 has tried to alleviate the financial stress on the teams by deferring the 2021 rules overhaul to 2022 whilst keeping the budget cap in place for next season – a budget cap Mosley first proposed during his tenure as president.