Another Victim of Coronavirus: F1 Chinese Grand Prix
The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix, which had been scheduled for April 17-19 at Shanghai International Circuit, has been postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese Grand Prix is the second race in major global championships that wouldn’t take place as scheduled, following the cancellation of Formula E’s Sanya ePrix ten days ago.
The Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, officially requested the postponement after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports. Amid 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 in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans.
Formula 1 and the FIA will continue to work closely with the teams, race promoter, 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. We all look forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wish everyone in the country the best during this difficult time,” Formula 1 said in a statement.
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