The Dutch, Spanish and Monaco System One Grand Prix races have been on Thursday postponed because of the international unfold of coronavirus, officers introduced. The triple postponements observe the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix final week, and the postponement of the Chinese language, Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races. The Dutch GP, resulting from return to the calendar for the primary time since 1985, was set to be held at Zandvoort on Might 1-3, with the Spanish race following every week later, and the Monaco Grand Prix on Might 21-24.
“Because of the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 state of affairs globally, the FIA, System One and the three promoters have taken these choices to be able to make sure the well being and security of the travelling workers, championship individuals and followers, which stays our main concern,” a joint assertion from F1 and the FIA learn.
All events mentioned they might examine the viability of discovering different dates to run the races later within the 12 months, and the assertion added that System 1 and the FIA count on to have the ability to start the 2020 season “as quickly because it’s secure to take action after Might”, however will proceed to observe the state of affairs.
The earliest the brand new season can now begin is on June 7 in Azerbaijan.
The postponements are the most recent to have hit a sporting calendar turned the other way up by the coronavirus outbreak, which has 217,510 instances with 9,020 deaths throughout 157 international locations and territories as of 1100 GMT Thursday.
The European soccer championships and Copa America have been each pushed again by 12 months to 2021. However the Worldwide Olympic Committee have thus far pledged to hold on with the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to run between July 24-August 9.