Coronavirus, F1 disaster: race eight canceled.
Another hit for Formula 1: the Baku race was also skipped due to the Coronavirus emergency.
Another painful postponement for Formula 1, upset by the Coronavirus emergency. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was also skipped, which was supposed to kick off the 2020 World Championship on June 7th. And instead after Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Holland, Spain, Montecarlo, the stop to the Baku race has also come.
“Baku City Circuit (BCC) made the decision today to postpone the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2020 which was to take place from 5 to 7 June. The postponement was agreed after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as with the International Federation of Automobile (FIA) and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. This is the direct result of the ongoing global pandemic COVID-19 and was entirely based on expert guidance provided by the competent authorities. ”
Will we start from your circuit, Gilles?
The Baku race takes place on a street circuit, so the event must be prepared long before, with all that it entails in terms of costs and organization. After the cancellation of the Grand Prix, the first useful date is that relating to the Canadian Grand Prix the following weekend, and Formula 1 could start, the conditional is a must, around the middle of June.
“In reaching this conclusion, BCC’s main concern was the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people, as well as all visiting fans, staff and championship participants.”
“BCC shares the disappointment of its fans for not being able to experience the pinnacle of the car race on the streets of Baku this June. To this end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the government of the Republic of Azerbaijan to monitor the situation in order to announce a new race date later in the 2020 season. ”
In theory, the season should now begin in Canada, Montreal, on June 14th.
Lewis Hamilton, from quarantine.
Quarantined world champion Lewis Hamilton has vented his frustration by thundering against those who do not respect the provisions of the authorities: “Irresponsible and selfish behavior”. The British pilot expressed his “sadness” for “the number of deaths in the world” observing that “there is nothing else we can do but isolate ourselves to prevent contagion and spread”. Instead, said the British driver, “there are still people who go out and go to bars, clubs and large meetings, which I personally believe is completely irresponsible and selfish“.