Due to the characteristics of the category and the championship, the World Rally was one of the specialties that suffered the most with the coronavirus pandemic. Of the ten dates scheduled for 2020, he turned seven, although with just enough for last-minute cancellations and rescheduling. For this year the outlook is more encouraging, at least that is what he said Yves matton, rally director of the International Automobile Federation.
The Belgian-born manager bases his optimism on respect the 12-race calendar in the global implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine, plus the work carried out by the FIA to create a protocol adapted to the practice of motor sport that includes social distancing, swab tests, use of masks and regular hand washing.
"Of course, we still face an extremely challenging period, especially when we consider the ongoing national restrictions that rightly remain in place to control the spread of COVID-19."Matton explained to Motorsport.
"But the launch of the vaccine provides hope and it is clear that the desire of the drivers and teams to go to rallies, and of the organizers to organize events, remains strong", Agregó.
The former head of Citroën Racing He is confident that this year there will be no problems in complying with the agreed competition schedule. "I am sure that this year we will have 12 events because we organized the calendar to have some alternative rallies to be able to complete it"He said.
He is even convinced of the possibility that the tests will once again have an audience. "It will not be easy, but I believe that the vaccine will allow, step by step, that the fans see it live", said.
The 2021 WRC tournament started with the traditional Monte Carlo Rally and continued with the Arctic rally In finland. The next date will be Rally Croatia which will be played from April 22 to 25.