The pandemic legacy that could threaten a vital motor racing tenet – Autosport

Watching Formula 1’s return to Melbourne was fun. What with two years of cancellations and postponements it had been three years since Aussie fans had been able to cheer Daniel Ricciardo on his way and luxuriate amid the spectacle of grand prix motor racing.
They returned in their droves, 420,000 over the full race weekend, and the buzz was infectious. There was a sense of celebration, of the world returning to normal – or rather the ‘new normal’ – for Formula 1, which has been permanently changed by the pandemic.
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