F1 Belgian Grand Prix Promoters Suspend Ticket Sales, Say Aug. 30 Race in Jeopardy

Organizers of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix have suspended ticket sales and say that the race, scheduled for Aug. 30, is now is jeopardy of being canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nine of the 22 races on the 2020 Formula 1 schedule have been canceled or postponed. So far, only Melbourne and Monaco have been canceled outright.

The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps could be next on the canceled list.

Promoter Spa Grand Prix announced this week that because sporting events and festivals in Belgium have been banned until Aug. 31, the Spa race, scheduled for Aug. 30, cannot go ahead as planned. Canceling the race may be a mere formality.

“As a result, we are suspending all ticket sales for the 2020 edition of our Grand Prix today,” a statement read.

Vanessa Maes, boss of the Spa promoter, admitted that full cancellation, rather than mere postponement, cannot be ruled out.

“Nothing is impossible,” she told the Belgian Belga news agency. “All scenarios—postponement, racing behind closed doors, cancellation—will be studied. No one can say today what the situation will be in four-five months.

“The absolute priority is the health of the Belgians and the spectators who come to Spa-Francorchamps. That’s why we support the decision of the government. The news is of course a big disappointment, but organizing a sporting event during this period seems futile.

“From Thursday, we and the government will be examining the different possible and impossible scenarios. We must be given time to do our work and check with the various experts and also Liberty Media as to what the most desirable course is.”

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