F1 Grand Prix 2020 cancelled in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan amid coronavirus
F1 Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, Singapore, and Japan have been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A new calendar is expected to be published before the season begins in Austria.
Reportedly, Formula 1 tried to sort out a way to hold the races in 2020 but made an announcement on Friday that it was not possible in the uncertain global situation.
A statement from F1 released on Friday morning said: “As a result of the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, we and our promoters in Azerbaijan, Singapore, and Japan have taken the decision to cancel their races for the 2020 season.
These decisions have been taken due to the different challenges our promoters face in those countries. In Singapore and Azerbaijan the long lead times required to construct street circuits made hosting the events during a period of uncertainty impossible and in Japan, ongoing travel restrictions also led to the decision not to proceed with the race.
At the same time, we have made significant progress with existing and new promoters on the revised calendar and have been particularly encouraged by the interest that has been shown by new venues in hosting a Formula 1 race during the 2020 season.
We appreciate this is still a time of uncertainty and complexity around the world and will continue to ensure we proceed with the 2020 season in a cautious and flexible way. We have detailed and robust safety plans in place to ensure we begin our season in the safest possible way.”