Sure, they arent completely respected but largely they are. Otherwise we would have seen many outbreaks.
They went racing last year in Barcelona when all hell was breaking loose there. I dont see any reason why this should be different now. Unless the UK loses its status for the Elite Sport exemptions due to them being a shitshow, but even then most countries have huge interest in F1 to go ahead.
Countries like the USA, Japan or China are a different matter: Besides the distance which is obviously a much bigger risk these countries just dont have foreign sport high on their priorities, hence why those races are likely to be called off, unless the vaccine wins that race.
On your last bit: that is a different question entirely. Matter of the fact is that they are given special conditions, whether we like it or not.
Outbreaks are nowadays impossible to track. For all we know, Perez, Norris and whoever else might as well have infected hundreds of others while out of the bubble.
You are right on the economic interests though. That is the sole reason why this keeps and will keep going this year as well, not because elite sport is less of a risk to spread the virus.
thing is they kinda worked for that privilege. They pay ton of tests for example. What you suggest with special tourism bubbles was also tried out at some point, but it doesnt work (so they opened up entirely then instead). The concept of elite sports (especially of motor racing) work better, hence why they are allowed to continue. Because why making things even worse than they are?
Btw it's not like only Elite Sport can do it: in many countries you can bypass the travel restrictions if you have negative tests, you just have to pay for it. But so do Elite Sports. I dont like it either, but I can understand it. As others said it's in the end a business that benefits everyone too.
Paying for many tests strips you of responsibility to contain the virus? Hmmm, sounds like a conspiracy waiting to break.
Travel allowances and restrictions depend on the nature of the outbreak at a given point in time, though. Several flights from/to UK were banned just a couple of days ago with or without a negative test. Other countries like Singapore ban external flights altogether.
Look, we can play convincing all day, the bottom line is this thing will not go away while governments treat it like a political and economy bending tool. It's how it erupted in the first place - exceptions upon exceptions granted instead of imposing strict lockdowns. I just don't see why people are justifying the pass given on elite sport when other, more essential industries are collapsing.
Edited by Cyanide, 07 January 2021 - 13:22.