Coronavirus Causes Postponement of F1 Canadian Grand Prix
The revised 2020 Formula 1 schedule was expected to see the season open with the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12-14.
That plan is no more, however, with the event being officially postponed due to the continued coronavirus pandemic.
“I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis,” said Francois Dumontier, president and CEO of the Canadian Grand Prix. “At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome COVID-19. We will welcome you with open arms at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so.’’
According to a statement by the FIA, tickets will still be valid for the upcoming new date, which is yet to be confirmed.
Formula 1 is still targeting 15-18 races for the remainder of the year, with the possibility of it concluding the championship season in the early part of 2021. Now, the earliest scheduled event is the French Grand Prix, which is set for June 26-28.
Formula 1 also extended its coronavirus shutdown, a redesigned traditional summer shutdown of sorts, from 21 to 35 days. The teams get to individually choose when exactly they are shut down throughout the rest of April and May.
As for the Canadian Grand Prix, Formula 1 will continue to work with the race’s promotional group to find a new date.
“We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community,” said Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1. “We always look forward to traveling to the incredible city of Montreal, and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.”
The promoters of the French Grand Prix are expected to wait until June to make a decision on the ultimate fate of that race. It’s the first of back-to-back race weekends, with the Austrian Grand Prix July 5.
The race after that is the British Grand Prix, scheduled for July 19.
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