And so it begins….

They say that if you don’t have expectations then you won’t be disappointed.  With the 2020 Formula One, Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup about to get underway this weekend in Austria, it may pay to lower our expectations for how the rest of the season may unfold.

Sorry to be the bearer of a more realistic view into the next six months, but the global tally of Covid-19 cases increased last week by 13.2% with 10,250,000 reported to the WHO.  In other words, it ain’t getting better just yet!

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus this week told a briefing: “The hard reality is that this is not even close to being over. Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up.”

Close to home we have a new ‘wave’ or spike of cases in Victoria which has seen Queensland closing its border to Victorians and now, according to, places next month’s Australia Supercars Winton SuperSprint round in doubt. Supercars are assessing the situation and will comment shortly.

This is a great example of why we have to roll with the times. Australia, along with NZ, appear to have been keeping the virus at bay. Now there are 36 Melbourne suburbs in 10 postcodes placed in lockdown with residents ordered to stay home from midnight 1 July. Under stage three restrictions, there are only four reasons residents in those suburbs can leave their homes: food and supplies, medical care, exercise, and work or education.

The British government on Monday imposed a lockdown on the city of Leicester, Broadway theatres will remain closed through 3 January 2021, Los Angeles County recorded an “alarming” one-day spike of nearly 3,000 new Covid-19 infections on Monday, the number of reported new cases of Covid-19 in Ireland has begun to increase in a “worrying” trend, Iran reported its highest daily death toll since the country’s outbreak began in February – so were the news highlights in The Guardian on Tuesday!

In the US, Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned the States could see 100,000 new cases a day, putting the entire country at risk. This appears to be from too many states re-opening too early. Our own Dr Ashley Bloomfield says that this would equate to 1,500 new cases a day for NZ – that’s more than our current total since February.

It is still not looking good outside of the NZ borders so for the next six-months of international motorsport, expect nothing, then you won’t be disappointed. If it all goes ahead, then that will be like eating strawberries and cream on a hot summers day.

Right, I must go and get my Spark Sport subscription renewed for the weekend!

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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