Jakarta

Jakarta has become the latest round of the Formula E season to be affected by Coronavirus.

What was set to be the debut race for the championship in Indonesia will most likely no longer take place in Season 6 of the all electric series.

The race joins Rome and Sanya as the other two races no longer set to take place.

The race was due to take place on the 6th June but is now in flux. The aim will be another date when the global crisis has calmed down but that could take an incredible length of time.

Formula E said in a statement; “Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the escalating number of cases in Indonesia and Jakarta, the decision has been taken as the most responsible course of action, to protect the health and safety of championship participants, staff and spectators.”

“With the growing number of COVID-19 cases in countries where Formula E currently has events scheduled to be held, we are evaluating contingency plans to lessen the potential impact of coronavirus and maintain the highest possible number of races on the calendar for season six,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder of Formula E.

Longo described it as a fluid situation and that there are contingency plans being worked on.

“These include adding double-headers to existing events, using permanent facilities and racing behind closed doors if necessary and advised to do so by local authorities in any given location.” He said.

The news comes on the day that three team members in the F1 paddock are self isolating away from the track at their hotels. 

One McLaren and two Haas employees have had tests but the results have not been returned yet. 

With the Formula One race still going ahead this weekend and four days left there is no way of saying how the situation will progress.

 

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