Update | Azerbaijan GP officially postponed: "New date to be announced later this year"
By Tomas Mota 23 maart 2020 | 14:25
It has just been announced that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will not be held on the scheduled date either. Formula 1 reports via Twitter that the Formula 1 season will start even later than June 7th, on which date the street race was planned.
After all the Grands Prix were already postponed in May, it was only a matter of time until the coronavirus would have even more influence on the calendar. These fears have become a reality, and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix will not take place on the planned date either.
The street race in Baku is the eighth race of the year to disappear from the calendar. The race has been postponed for the time being, but it is not inconceivable that - as is the case with the Monaco Grand Prix - the race on the street circuit will no longer take place.
New season starts in Canada
The new start of the season is scheduled for June 14th, after the news. Then the Canadian Grand Prix will be held. The question of whether the Canadian Grand Prix will take place is currently also unclear.
Canada previously confirmed the cumbersome news. All Canadian athletes who would participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not travel to the Asian country this summer, due to coronavirus fears. (Photo: Red Bull Content Pool / Getty Images)
Update 12:45h | "New date to be announced later this year"
In an official press release, the Baku circuit indicates that the decision was not taken overnight. "The postponement has been approved following extensive discussions with Formula 1, the FIA and the government of the Azerbaijani Republic, as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic."
"For this conclusion, Baku City Circuit continuously took into account the health of Azerbaijan's residents and visiting fans, workers and racers. (...) We are continuously monitoring the situation with the aforementioned parties, with the prospect of announcing a new date later in 2020."
The tickets will remain valid according to the the organizing party, with no additional requirements, the organization writes. All spectators will hear their race weekend opportunities by the time a new date is announced.
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