As the clock ticks with each second, the global coronavirus pandemic changes form once more. Each fragment of time that elapses is enough for another COVID-19 transmission, one that could delay the notion of normality by a further month or two.
In these parts, normality means motorsport. With Formula 1 now not anticipating the beginning of its 2020 season until June at the earliest, it means that there are numerous contracts in place for races without any real space in the calendar for them to realistically go ahead. In other words, F1 has lost almost half of its races and has half a year to run them all. Talk about condensing the calendar.
It helps in that regard that the August break has been removed to shoehorn in some of the postponed events, but the decision to dispense with summer holidays isn't exactly popular among the staff employed within F1. At some point, the coronavirus outbreak will subside, and we'll be able to go racing once again - but that may not be until the second half of the year.