Dutch, Spanish, Monaco GPs all postponed
The Dutch Grand Prix, Spanish Grand Prix and Monaco Grand Prix have all been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA has confirmed.
The races in Australia, Bahrain, China and Vietnam were all initially shelved, but now the races that were due to take place in May have also joined the list, taking the tally to seven postponements.
An FIA statement read:
‘In view of the continued global spread of COVID-19 and after ongoing discussions with the FIA and the three promoters it has today been confirmed that the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2020, Formula 1 Gran Premio De España 2020 and Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2020 will be postponed.
‘Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern.
‘Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with affected promoters and local authorities to monitor the situation and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve.
‘Formula 1 and the FIA expect to begin the 2020 Championship season as soon as it’s safe to do so after May and will continue to regularly monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation.’
The confirmation now moves Formula 1 into a potential start date of June with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix now labelled the season opener, as it currently stands.
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