COVID-19 protocols will ‘challenge’ crews in the garage – Green
Racing Point technical director Andy Green says physical distancing and safety protocols will impact life in the garage this year, with lead times associated with many tasks increasing significantly.
Racing Point warmed up its 2020 car and crews at a filming day at Silverstone yesterday, the purpose of which was mainly to practice part of the special COVID-19 procedures that shall be implemented at the start of the season in Austria in just over two weeks.
From social distancing to working with PPE equipment, the pink outfit trialed its protocols as applied to various tasks within the confines of the team’s garage and gained a lot of knowledge.
Racing Point warms up 2020 car with filming day at Silverstone
“It’s very different, and it’s going to be a real challenge going forward,” said Green.
“It’s basically down to respecting the distance between engineers when they are working on the car, and the type of personal protection they have to wear.
“That effectively changes the time it takes to do jobs on the car.
“Certain jobs now take a lot longer, and we have to manage that. We only have a certain amount of time trackside to work on the car when we’re in a race environment, and we have curfews in place.
“So we have to now look at how long it takes to change and modify parts on the car that we would normally do, reschedule them so we make sure that we are doing what we’re doing what we need to do during a race weekend, and not contravening the curfew regulations.
“That’s a big part of what we were trying to learn yesterday.”