The Chinese Grand Prix of 2020, which was expected to be scheduled for April 17-18-19, has been called off following the coronavirus outbreak.
The coronavirus was identified for the first time in Wuhan one of the biggest cities in china, which is located in Hubei Province. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in many of confirmed cases in China, including cases in other cities. The number of infected cases are growing in other international locations, including the United States. and some other countries.
in order to prevent the epidemic from spreading in the world and to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, the Chinese Grand Prix organizers, Juss sports group, has requested to postpone the F1 event, after ongoing discussions with the federation of automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China and Shanghai Administration of Sports.
Consequently of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the Coronavirus as a global health emergency, Formula 1, together with governing body the FIA, jointly decided to accept the postponement request. the Formula 1 and the FIA said in a statement:
The FIA and Formula 1 will continue to work closely with the sport teams and race organizers, CAMF and the local authorities to monitor the situation as it develops, with all parties studying the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve.
“The Chinese Grand Prix has always been a very important part of the F1 calendar and the fans are always incredible,”
They said they will look at potential dates to slot the grand prix in later in the year.
As reported today, one alternative being considered is moving the finale in Abu Dhabi to make room for China late in November.
All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve,” the statement added.
The FIA and F1 community looks forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wishes everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”
The Chinese Grand prix is the first F1 race to be postponed since the 2011 Bahrain Grand prix, which was cancelled due to civil unrest at that time.