Coronavirus crisis sees F1 teams help in supply of ventilators

Formula 1 are working together with the government to provide ventilators for coronavirus victims who are suffering with breathing difficulties.

The majority of races in the sport have been cancelled as a result of the global pandemic, with the likes of the Australian GP called off after a McLaren team member tested positive for COVID-19.

The out-of-use ventilators, therefore, could be used to help those suffering from the virus, and F1 said they were trying to "provide as much help and assistance as we can."

A spokesman said: "The F1 community is engaged in discussions with all the relevant stakeholders regarding this issue and we will provide further details in due course."

It is estimated that the UK needs an extra 20,000 ventilators to help deal with patients over the coming months, and the motor racing industry could prove to be a huge help.

A similar scheme has happened in Italy, the European country which has been worst hit by coronavirus, as the Agnelli family, who control Ferrari and Fiat, bought 150 ventilators and donated £9.3m to the Italian government.

Meanwhile F1 have also confirmed the postponements of the Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix, and bosses have agreed to delay the introduction of the 2021 regulations to the 2022 season.


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