PARIS | The Great Price of F1 of Azerbaijan, as previously reported, Singapore, on 20 September, and in Japan, October 11 are cancelled as a result of the pandemic of novel coronavirus, have announced the organizers on Friday.
“These decisions were taken because of the different challenges that our sponsors face in these countries, explains the promoter of F1, Formula One, in a press release. In Singapore and Azerbaijan, the time required for the construction of the urban routes cusp them impossible the organization of these events in a period of uncertainty and in Japan, the current restrictions on travel have also led to the decision not to continue with the race.”
The F1 season, which should begin mid-march in Australia, will start on 5 July in Austria for a series of eight races in Europe between July and September, behind closed doors, with a reduced workforce on the paddock and following a health protocol strictly.
In its press release, Formula One performs “still believe in (her) plans to have between 15 and 18 races by the end of the season in Abu Dhabi in mid-December and expect to publish the schedule finalized before the start of the season in Austria.”
“We have made significant progress on the revised timetable with current promoters (of Great Price) as well as new and we have been particularly encouraged by the interest shown by new sites to accommodate a race during the season 2020,” says the F1.
In an interview to the official website of the premier class of motor sport published on Thursday, its sports director Ross Brawn explained that it would be “possible to extend the european season in one or two other races, if necessary” to maintain a number of rounds to be satisfactory.
In addition to the destinations listed on the calendar of this season, the Mugello and Imola in Italy, Portimao in Portugal and Hockenheim in Germany are candidates for hosting events.
Timed just before Abu Dhabi at the closing of the championship, the Bahrain could also host two races on different paths, this configuration makes it possible, says Brawn.