The Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Is Being Postponed Due To Coronavirus
Formula 1 has released a statement saying the 2020 Chinese Grand Prix, which was due to take place over 56 laps of the 5.451-kilometer Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, April 19, has been postponed as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The decision was made after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports.
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.
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 traveling staff, championship participants and fans.
“The Chinese Grand Prix has always been a very important part of the F1 calendar and the fans are always incredible,” Formula 1 said. “We all look forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wish everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”
F1 has its longest schedule ever this year, with seven back-to-back race weekends. So, managing to actually fit the race back into the schedule at a later date was a challenge.
Formula E’s Sanya ePrix, scheduled for March 21st, was also canceled due to the coronavirus. The racing industry isn’t the only one impacted by the Coronavirus. Several auto manufacturers have temporarily closed or scaled back production due to the virus.