Health comes first, also F1 needs to stop.
The Australian, Chinese, Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix have now all been canceled or postponed in light of the spread of COVID-19.
The start of the Formula 1 season was further postponed after the cancellation of the inaugural GP in Australia: the next two races in Bahrain and Vietnam have also been postponed to a later date. Does the World Cup start in late May? This is the indication of FIA and F1.
The start of the Formula 1 season suffers another postponement with a date to be destined of both the Bahrain GP and that of Vietnam. As is known, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the race in Australia has already been canceled and the China one was already postponed. The hypothesis that the championship can begin on May 3 with the GP of Zandvoort, in the Netherlands, is missing at the moment, because FIA and F1 have expressly indicated late May (or early June?) as the right time for the start of the World Championship. This news, like the decision to postpone the tests in Bahrain and Vietnam, were confirmed through an official statement.
The Press Release.
“Assumed the continued spread of Covid-19 and after continuous discussions with the FIA, the Bahrain International Circuit, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the People’s Committee of Hanoi, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association and the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation, a decision was made by all parties involved to postpone both races that should have been held on 20-22 March in Bahrain and from 3 to 5 April in Vietnam. Following the announcement of the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix this week and the spread of Covid-19 globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the promoters made these decisions to ensure the health and safety of staff, participants to the league and fans, which remains our main concern. Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with race organizers in Bahrain and Vietnam and with local authorities to monitor the situation and take the time necessary to study the feasibility of potential alternative dates for each Grand Prix later in during the year if the situation improves. As a result, Formula 1 and FIA plan to start the championship in Europe in late May, but given the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe in the past few days, this option will be regularly monitored. ”
The new calendar: the most likely scenarios.
F1 hopes in the official press release to be able to start the season at the end of May (the 24th in Montecarlo?) adding that it is ready to revise the calendar following the evolution of the pandemic. With this time perspective, therefore, the races in Holland (May 3) and Spain (May 10) would also be skipped, so the not impossible scenario would be to see the cars on the track only in Azerbaijan, in Baku, on June 7.
First protect people.
– President Jean Todt
So all the calendar has to be reviewed. The conclusion scheduled in Abu Dhabi on November 29th would slip to December 13th to try to recover at least Vietnam and China. Where Covid-19 started from.
What happened during the Austrialian night before the decision of cancelling the GP, all the details here!