Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement for the first rounds of the 2020 season to be held as ‘closed events’, there will be no race-by-race or national media accreditation. This policy will be reviewed regularly and the system will be reopened as soon as it is safe and sustainable to return to the regular capacity and functionality of the media centre.
Message to permanently accredited media
Following the publication of the revised calendar for the start of the 2020 FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships season we have further information regarding media ahead of the first rounds in Spielberg and Budapest.
After extensive engagement with promoters, Formula 1, the FIA and most significantly national government authorities, the opening rounds this season will be held as closed events. As part of this, only essential personnel from the racing teams, FIA and Formula 2/3 as well as those involved in the broadcast production will be allowed access to the venues. The decision has therefore been taken not to allow the normal level of access to races for media, sponsors, guests and any other individuals not involved in the on-track and broadcast activity.
While we appreciate this will be difficult news for all the media who show dedication and passion for our sport, we hope you will understand that this a temporary situation that we must adhere to in order to allow racing to resume.
We are required by the authorities to strictly limit the number of people travelling to the event, and have been required to put a number of protocols in place which make opening the events to media in the usual way impossible at this time. These include: • The requirement for testing of everyone ahead of travel and regularly at the events • Implementing strict health protocols restricting interactions between individuals and groups • Significant changes to the paddock set-up with teams operating in isolation • Strict adherence to social distancing at all times
It is simply not possible to test, track and trace the travel of the normal volume of independent individuals with the required security levels to ensure the safe running of the events.
It is also important to point out that with the traditional paddock and set up at the race not being what they normally are, any usual media activity and engagement will be effectively impossible and there will be no third party access to the drivers or team personnel.
However, every member of the media undertakes a vital service for the sport and its fans around the world, and we have therefore developed detailed plans to ensure you have as much information and access to teams and drivers as possible while not being physically present.
A small, representative selection of newswire agencies and permanently accredited media will be permitted access to the F1 media centre onsite and have been contacted directly. The group has been selected to achieve as far as possible a balance between agencies, publications and freelancers, as well as considering language and reach within the overall limitations on the number of individuals we can admit physically.
Media representatives physically attending the event will be restricted to the F1 media centre. They will not be able to access the paddock or directly interact with drivers or team personnel.
This policy will be reviewed regularly and there will be a rotation of these individuals should events remain closed beyond the opening three rounds.
Similarly, a small group of photography agencies (photo wires and industry-specific) will be permitted access to the event and have been contacted directly. Agencies have been selected based on their official supply of images to Formula 2/3 teams. Again, this policy is a requirement of the event-wide protocol in place at this time, and will be reviewed regularly.
For the vast majority of media not onsite, the following measures have been taken to maximise access to content:
We hope that as the season progresses, we will be able to welcome more media back to races, but these measures are currently necessary to ensure we start racing in the safest possible way.
FIA Formula 2 / Formula 3 Communications
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