This is how many COVID infections the upcoming F1 Grand Prix countries have

21-08-2021 19:20 | Updated: 21-08-2021 22:17
by GPblog.com
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This is how many COVID infections the upcoming F1 Grand Prix countries have

In the second half of the 2021 season, the F1 paddock will go outside Europe to race. After the triple-header in Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy, the teams will travel to Russia, only to stop racing in Europe. This also comes with risks, as the coronavirus is still rampant in countries inside and outside of Europe.

The coronavirus numbers are not all favorable in the various countries where F1 is still going either. For example, the United States still has the most infections over seven days, but they also have one of the largest populations in the world. As there are big differences in population numbers between the countries, we look at the infections in the last seven days per million inhabitants.

Number of infections of COVID-19 at the organizing GP countries

Country: Number of infections in the last seven days Positive tests in the last seven days/ 1 million people
Belgium 13.703 1.177
Netherlands 16.564 964
Italy 43.405 719
Russia 148.455 1.017
Turkey 137.833 1.615
United States 976.723 2.931
Mexico 129.640 994

Brazil

209.099 976

Saudi Arabia

3.827 108

United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)

7,855 783

Source: Worldometers.info

What does this mean for the F1 calendar?

The greatest risk through this schedule seems to be in America, where positive tests divided by a million population are the highest. In Texas, where the Circuit Of The Americas is located, the number of positive tests divided by a million population is 1,730, which is a lot lower than America's number, which is still relatively high considering the numbers of other organising countries. On the other hand, in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Italy they have the situation well under control. Also in the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil, the number is below one thousand, which means that less than one thousand people per million have tested positive.

Japan can confirm that many countries are still at risk to host a Grand Prix. In Japan, where the Grand Prix was recently cancelled, the number of positive tests per million people is now just over one thousand. For the Japanese, who have a strict corona policy, this was too high to organise a race. For now it will be interesting to keep an eye on the situation in America and Turkey as they have the highest number of positive tests per million people.

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