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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says Mercedes “will not be silent” and will “use [its] platform to be a positive voice in the F1 community”.
“Dear motorsport fans,” wrote the Austrian.
“We all love racing. Whether you support silver or red, pink or yellow, orange or blue – what unites us is our passion for racing. So, the prospect of months without F1 just as the season was about to start, after months of hard work to be ready for the new campaign – that prospect might be disappointing.
“After all, we were all looking forward to hearing the engines roar, to seeing the most sophisticated cars being pushed to their absolute limits, to watching the best drivers in the world fight tooth and nail on track.
“And yet, we must also realise, that racing is entertainment. We take it very seriously, because we love it. But in the grand scheme of things, it is by no means essential. The health and wellbeing of our fans, our team members and society in general, however, is.
“As a team and as a sport we must do everything we can to keep our people safe and minimise the risk of spreading the virus. We fully support the decisions taken yesterday, and we will work closely with F1, the FIA, the local promoters and our fellow teams to find the best answers for our sport in the coming months.
“In March and April, the factories of all teams will be shut down for a period of three weeks. Bringing forward the summer shutdown period also frees up additional weekends in August which could then be used to host some of the postponed races – and hopefully provide some action-packed weeks once the season gets going. Of course, we will make sure to look after our colleagues to ensure their wellbeing during those busy weeks.