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How Bahrain, Silverstone and Melbourne F1 tracks are helping coronavirus fight

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - APRIL 06:  A general view of the Bahrain circuit tower during practice for the

Better known for hosting unforgettable Formula 1 duels in the desert, Bahrain International Circuit is now assisting in the global response against the coronavirus pandemic – while staff at the Silverstone and Albert Park circuits are also doing their bit to help.

Mechanical engineers working at the Bahrain track have designed two different breathing devices for coronavirus patients who are not in intensive care, but still need a respiratory aid.

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Their engineers have also made the blueprints freely available to organisations across the world, while a dedicated facility at the venue will now produce the machines.

Fayez Ramzy Fayez, Chief Operating Officer at the circuit, said: “At a time of global crisis, we have been seeking ways in which the BIC can support the fight against COVID-19.

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Fayez Ramzy Fayez, centre, with his team and the two ventilators

“Our engineers have met that challenge by designing a ventilator system specifically to support those suffering from COVID-19. As this is a global effort, we are happy to make these designs available to other organizations around the world who are seeking to find similar solutions.”

Mechanical engineer Kamel Al-Taan and activities manager Tareq Al Tajer have headed the projects at the circuit, with the ventilators having been tested extensively and approved by Bahrain's Health Ministry in just under two weeks.

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Meanwhile British Grand Prix venue Silverstone has made its world-class facilities – including four ambulances, four cars for medical intervention and numerous medical bays for observation and resuscitation – available to the local health service.

And the truly global effort also includes Albert Park, home of the Australian Grand Prix.

Volunteers at the Melbourne track have moved the circuit’s medical facilities to a local hospital to help the state of Victoria treat patients, as the F1 community continues to rally in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

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