This year’s Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest Formula One race to be postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The race was initially scheduled to take place across weekend of June 12-14 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal and be the opening race of the 2020 season following the postponement of the first seven opening races and cancellation of Monaco.
In a statement, the Canadian Grand Prix organisers said that they “would have been honoured to host the first race on the 2020 Formula One World Championship calendar…” and were “saddened” to have to postpone the event.
The decision to postpone “was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily.” and comes after constant discussion with F1, representatives from Montreal along with both provincial and federal governments.
Organisers have confirmed that they are following the ‘expert guidance’ provided by authorities and heard the instructions of public health officials.
F1 CEO – Chase Carey has publicly supported organisers in choosing to take “this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community.” whilst promising to “put on a great show” later this year in a rearranged calendar slot.
This announcement now means that the French Grand Prix is set to be the opening race of this season on weekend of 26-28 June, with Austria a week later although both races are in doubt.
Teams meanwhile will now observe an extended shutdown after it was announced a few hours beforehand that the shutdown period has been extended from a three week period to five weeks.