F1 teams want to carry their hands as the world fights against a coronavirus pandemic.
The start of the season was delayed at least to June and to the Canadian GP, and F1 Stables in the UK have decided to use their time and resources for something other than their own.
Two weeks ago, the British government appealed to companies in various industries to cooperate in the manufacture of ventilators for hospitals.
The F1 official website reports that seven teams - Red Bull, Racing Point, Haas, McLaren, Mercedes, Renault and Williams - have helped in a nationwide operation over the past two weeks.
Breathing machines are vital for the treatment of people suffering from severe coronavirus symptoms. There is a worldwide shortage of ventilators.
One of the goals of the project, called Project Pitlane, is the rapid design of breathing machines and the production of prototypes for certification and mass production.
Project Pitlane assigns different responsibilities to different stables.
- The project focuses on F1's unique ability to quickly respond to technological challenges. The core area of expertise is rapid design, prototyping, testing and skilled assembly. In this way, we will be able to add value more broadly to the industry's efforts to meet the challenges of the current situation.
At the same time, the teams say they are ready to help with other things as needed.
The Italian team Ferrari has also provided its engineering skills to fight the coronavirus.