Safety measures will be in place for the return of sport – masks will be worn and teams will have to stay in their “bubbles”. The McLaren outfit was tested every Monday last month, but Sainz is still worried about the possibility of contracting Covid-19.
“You could have Covid-19 and you don’t even know you have it and don’t even have symptoms or someone on the team doesn’t even have symptoms and they have it and you could miss a race because of it, “The 25-year-old told Amanda Davies of CNN Sport in a live chat on Instagram.
“And after four months without racing and no desire to run, suddenly you are perfectly fine and in good health but you have tested positive for Covid-19 so you cannot race in Formula 1, after four months, it would be a horrible feeling and something i want to take care not to happen.
“You might as well get it out of pure bad luck and there is nothing you can do about it, you just have to skip a few races because of that. But the worst thing would be to feel perfect, to feel like you’re feeling now , have Covid-19 in your system or in your blood, and not be able to run. “
“We will miss the fans”
No fan will be present for the first rounds of the 2020 season, but F1 boss Chase Carey believes it is possible that a 15-18 racing season may still be over.
The fanless race will affect the “before and after the race,” says Sainz, but as far as the race itself is concerned, the McLaren driver thinks it will be as usual.
“Those moments when you parade the pilots when you see the whole grandstand, those moments when you enter a track and you see a lot of fans supporting you, shouting your name, it fills you with energy and good vibrations, “said Sainz, who will replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari in 2021.
“And not having it will be sad and certainly different. There will be no lack of motivation. The motivation will be extremely high and we will be ready.”
To take a position
F1 has attempted to make progress in solving diversity issues after the death of George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
Mercedes has also announced that its cars will take on a black livery for the 2020 season as a statement that the defending champions “oppose racism and all forms of discrimination”.
When asked if the drivers were considering kneeling before the first race of the season, Sainz admitted they were “thinking about it.”
Sainz says he has “never seen racism in the first person”, although the McLaren driver is actively looking for ways to contribute to a positive impact.
“It does not mean that racism does not exist in the world. I therefore recognize that I admit that it could exist even if I have not seen it and I want to inform myself and see what we can do to improve the situation. ” ”