Breaking News: Corona Virus forced F1 Season to be Suspended Till the End of May: The Decision Has Been Taken By FIA Keepin In Mind The Growing Number of Cases of Corona Virus.
The Novel Corona Virus has started taking its toll on the major sporting events this year. Formula 1 which recently decided to cancel the opening round of F1 in Australia now has postponed the season until May last. In the wake of growing coronavirus impact across the globe, FIA has decided to postpone Bahrain GP and Vietnam GP. Bahrain GP was earlier supposed to conducted behind the closed doors without any spectators, however, now it has been postponed. Vietnam GP which is supposed to debut this year has also been postponed due to novel coronavirus effect.
Now the F1 season is expected to start from the month of May with European Leg, however, the situation required to be reviewed as there is a sharp spike in the Coronavirus cases in Europe. It remains to be seen how things unfold in the upcoming days. The decision of F1 season this year will be taken considering all the safety measure and health advisories issued. Since F1 is a global sport and requires frequent travelling across the globe, hence, it will face a serious threat from virus Corona.
As a result, Formula 1 and the FIA expect to begin the Championship in Europe at the end of May but given the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe in recent days, this will be regularly reviewed.#F1
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 13, 2020
“The global situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and very difficult to predict and it’s right we take time to assess the situation and make the right decisions,” he said. “We are taking this decision with the FIA and our promoters to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Formula 1 and our fans. The Bahrain Grand Prix is an exciting race in our schedule, and we look forward to being back there as soon as we can. We are also looking forward to Vietnam’s inaugural race and bringing the spectacle of F1 to one of the most exciting cities in the world.” Chase Carey CEO & Chairman of F1 as quoted on F1.
FIA President Jean Todt added: “Protecting people first. Together with Formula 1, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association, and the local promoters, postponing both the Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix, as with the Australian Grand Prix, was the only possible decision given all of the information currently available to us.
“We continue to rely on the input and advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments and will work with them throughout this unpredictable period to safeguard the fans, competitors and all of the motorsport community.”