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Ross Brawn

Formula One managing director Ross Brawn has outlined plans for the sport to resume in an isolated environment and suggested it could begin with a double-header at Austria's Red Bull Ring in early July.

Following yesterday's announcement that the Hungarian Grand Prix will take place behind closed doors if it goes ahead at the start of August, Brawn said the sport is drawing up detailed plans to ensure races can be staged safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's a massive logistical challenge," Brawn said. "Running an F1 race is a big challenge anyway. Running an F1 race in these circumstances is new to all of us.

"We're working our way through all the requirements to make sure we operate in a safe environment for everyone involved in the race."

Earlier this week, F1's chief executive Chase Carey outlined plans to start the season with the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 and Brawn said the characteristics of Spielberg's Red Bull Ring - located in central Austria two hours south-west of Vienna - meant it could host back-to-back races.

"It's a real consideration because one of the logistical challenges is getting everyone tested and cleared to enter the paddock and enter the racing environment," he said.

"And I think once we do that, it's very attractive to keep everyone in that environment, within that kind of biosphere that we want to create for another race."

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