The coronavirus has demonstrated being capable of stopping everything, both economic and social activity and of course, the highest category of motorsport, Formula 1.
The season was planned to start on March 15 in Australia. Albert Park Circuit was going to host the Grand Prix, but this has not been the case. The postponement of an increasing number of Grand Prix events has been extended to the Canadian Grand Prix, that was to be held on June 14,. Even with these postponements and two cancellations, we do not know yet if more appointments on the calendar will be postponed. At the moment the postponed Grand Prix events are 7, and 2 have been cancelled. It is not known when these postponed races will be disputed, but we do know that the great revolution expected in the 2021 season has been postponed to 2022 and that it is possible to see a delay in the beginning of the 2021 season. Showing up next, you will find a list of all Grand Prix races which have been postponed or cancelled for the time being:
All Grand Prix cancelled or postponed, let's begin with Australia:
1. The Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, March 15th. Cancelled.
The Albert Park circuit was about to host the first date of this exciting competition, when its cancellation was confirmed by the FIA. We will have to wait to see Daniel Ricciardo trying to get a podium in this race until next year.
2. The Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, March 22nd. Postponed
The circuit known as Sakhir was going to grant us the second race of the calendar. It promised 57 exciting night laps, however this has been postponed for the same reason as the rest of Grand Prix.
3. The Vietnamese Grand Prix, Hanoi Street Circuit. April 5th. Postponed.
The Grand Prix that was going to be held for the first time in Vietnam, has been postponed. It was set to be the third date on the calendar and we will certainly have to wait longer to see the best drivers worldwide competing in Hanoi’s streets.
4. The Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai International Circuit. April 19th. Postponed.
The fourth grand prize has been postponed due to the feared virus, this event is always very exciting and as the rest of the races, we will have to wait to watch it. About 200,000 people were expected for this calendar appointment.
5. The Grand Prix of The Netherlands, Zandvoort Circuit. May 3rd. Postponed.
The fifth race on the calendar has been postponed. Along with Vietnam it was ready to be one of the two new stages where the pilots and teams were going to compete for the world title. Unfortunately, we will have to wait to see Max Verstappen’s home circuit.
6. The Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. May 10th. Postponed.
Our local Grand Prix will be postponed and consequently, we will have to wait to see Carlos Sáinz driving in his McLaren through the Montmeló Circuit.
7. Monaco Grand Prix, Circuit of Monaco. May 24th. Cancelled.
The Formula 1 race has been officially cancelled. The Monaco GP has been held continuously since 1954 and it is one of the most spectacular events on the calendar. The FIA has said that it is very difficult for it to be postponed and therefore it has been cancelled.
8. Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku Street Circuit. June 7th. Postponed.
This is the last of the events that have been postponed for the time being. The narrow streets of Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, will have to wait longer to host the Grand Prix.
9. Canadian Grand Prix, Gilles Villeneuve circuit, June 14th. Postponed.
This is the last of the Grand Prix deferred for the moment, its postponement was confirmed by the FIA on April 7th.
We will keep you up to date as Liberty Media and the FIA provide information. Meanwhile, we will have to stick to the Virtual GP’s.
The first Grand Prix to be held will be that of France on June 28. It may be likely that depending on how the coronavirus crisis progresses in France or globally, this award will not be disputed. We hope that all activities can be resumed soon.
We will inform you as the official social media of Formula 1 and the FIA provide information.
Source: Red Bull, FIA, Liberty Media.