Mercedes deploys a “task force” to help with return to racing

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Mercedes COO Rob Thomas says the team deployed a “task force” to make sure their workers are safe when racing resumes.

With the news that Formula 1 is returning on July 5, after a delay due to the coronavirus crisis, the teams are starting their operations back up again.

A few days before the date of F1’s return was officially announced, Mercedes’ Chief Operating Officer Rob Thomas talked about how the team prepares to work in these new conditions.

“These are extraordinary times and we all want to start racing again as soon as possible, but above all it has to be safe,” said Thomas in Mercedes’ Pure Pitwall video.

“We have to make sure our people are safe. That’s why we’ve deployed a task force over the last ten weeks, if it’s no longer.

“Our focus is on getting back to work because we hope to be back at the factory soon and working towards a race. Hopefully in July.

“There’s a lot going on at the factory at the moment. We have people making risk assessments everywhere, we are making markings so that everyone is two metres apart, we are using one-way traffic and we are looking at the use of masks, temperature measurements and more of that sort of thing.

“If people now work from home, they will continue to work there. But for those employees who cannot, we will make sure that they can do their work safely”, concludes Mercedes’ COO.

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