Formula 1 bosses have confirmed today that the Chinese Grand Prix due to be held in April has been postponed as a result of the Coronavirus.
The Chinese authorities have recommended that all major sporting activities are to be postponed as a way to try and contain the virus and events such as the Formula E Chinese E-Prix and the World Indoor Athletics Championship have already been cancelled.
Formula 1 had been looking at trying to swap the race with another venue but that has proved unsuccessful and bosses have been left with no other alternative but to postpone the Grand Prix.
Although the race will not go ahead as planned in April, Formula 1 bosses have confirmed that they are still looking at various alternative dates should the situation in China improve.
A statement released by Formula 1 said: “In view of the continued spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports, the Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, has officially requested that the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2020 be postponed.
“Formula 1, together with the FIA, have jointly decided to accept this official request from the promoter and postpone the FORMULA 1 HEINEKEN CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2020, originally scheduled for 19 April 2020.
“As a result of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, Formula 1 and the FIA have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains of primary concern.
“Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with the teams, race promoter, CAMF and the local authorities to monitor the situation as it develops.
“All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve.
“The Chinese Grand Prix has always been a very important part of the F1 calendar and the fans are always incredible. We all look forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wish everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”