SANYA STREET CIRCUIT, CHINA - MARCH 23: Cars lined up on the grid for the start with Oliver Rowland (GBR), Nissan e.Dams, Nissan IMO1, and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), DS TECHEETAH, DS E-Tense FE19, on the front Oliver Rowland (GBR), Nissan e.Dams, Nissan IMO1 during the Sanya E-prix at Sanya Street Circuit on March 23, 2019 in Sanya Street Circuit, China. (Photo by Andrew Ferraro / LAT Images)

Formula E has announced today that the Sanya E-Prix will not go ahead as planned on 28th March.

This is a result of the Coronavirus outbreak that has spread significantly in China and is now taking hold around the world.

The virus was officially declared an international emergency by the World Health Organisation on Thursday.

Formula E said in a statement; “Given the current growing health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus an international emergency, Formula E has taken the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of its travelling staff, championship participants and spectators, which remains of paramount importance.

Jérôme D’Ambrosio, Mahindra Racing – 2019 Sanya E-Prix © FIA Formula E

Wuhan, being the primarily affected city, was put into quarantine by the Chinese government on the 23rd January.

It also serves as one of the main hubs serving Sanya, internationally.

Formula E continued in their statement to say that they were closely monitoring the situation still with local authorities.

All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates should the situation improve.

There was speculation about a potential alternative location to avoid another large gap between races but nothing has been announced.

2019 Sanya E-Prix © FIA Formula E

There is also potential for the race to take place in May with the championship being in East Asia for the Seoul and Jakarta races.

The likelihood however is that the race simply will not take place.

This creates potential for another double header later on in the season akin to Riyadh and London.

There has been no announcement about the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on the 12th April.

The Formula 1 is in a an entirely different part of China being approximately 2,100 kilometres away and is a much larger juggernaut to cancel.

The next Formula E race is on the 15th February in Mexico.

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