The FIA has always put safety at the forefront of everything it does in motorsport. This mantra is embodied in the International Sporting Code that all competitors in every category of racing must adhere to.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak it was always understood that this safety referred to the hazards of racing, but the current pandemic has brought a new meaning to the provisions of the code and required a completely new approach to how we return to racing.
In response to the events of this year, the FIA and F1 have taken extraordinary measures to protect motorsport, culminating in a raft of new regulations for 2020 and beyond which were passed recently by the World Motorsport Council. While these regulations protected the financial viability of the championships and the teams, there was still a considerable body of work to do in the practicalities of keeping all stakeholders safe as we planned the return to racing.