Circumstances oblige, the 2020 calendar of Formula 1 was turned upside down in the middle of the week by the announcement of the postponement of the Chinese Grand Prix. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the test will not be able to take place on the date scheduled for April and a solution is currently being studied to try to organize it later in the year. This change also causes a small change in the history that must be written, since the counting of the races is no longer the same, while Ferrari will celebrate this year its 1000th Grand Prix in Formula 1.
The number speaks for itself and evokes how much the prancing horse brand is "emblematic and closely linked" in Formula 1, as Éric Boullier recalls. Director of the Grand Prix of France, he, like everyone else, quickly made up his mind: the postponement of the Grand Prix of China will make the three-colored meeting the 1000th Grand Prix of La Scuderia. What give some ideas …
"We’re still in the south of France, in one of the regions where we see perhaps the most Ferrari after Maranello, so it makes sense for F1 fans and supporters to have an activation around the 1000th Ferrari Grand Prix ", develops Éric Boullier with Motorsport.com. "We will see what we can set up with Ferrari. I think they have their own plan and activation. It will not be the same continent. We will see what will be possible to do and discuss with them to actually make it a great celebration for everyone. "
For Ferrari, there is no doubt that the course of the 1000 Grands Prix is of great importance, as evidenced by the name which was given to its 2020 single-seater, the SF1000, and which makes direct reference to it. During the Grand Prix de France on the Paul Ricard circuit, the weekend of June 28, the organizers will try to celebrate this beautiful anniversary as it should be, while the route of Le Castellet celebrates its 50th anniversary . "If we can recall the history of La Scuderia through an exhibition, through vehicles, through a pilot …", evokes Éric Boullier. "We can also have a part reserved for our historic Grand Prix 'revival' and which is dedicated to Ferrari."
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