F1: Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix postponed

The Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix has been postponed as a result of COVID-19, the FIA has confirmed.

The first four races had already been postponed as a result of the virus, with F1 bosses previously stating that they hoped racing could get underway in may, however, the FIA has now confirmed that due to the current global situation, they have made the decision to postpone the Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix.

That means that the Formula 1 season will not get underway until June at the earliest, and if it does get started in June as planned, it would mean that the Azerbaijan Grand Prix would play host to the opening round.

A statement released by the FIA on Thursday said: “In view of the continued global spread of COVID-19 and after ongoing discussions with Formula 1 and the three promoters, it has today been confirmed that the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix 2020, Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix 2020 and Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 2020 will be postponed.

“Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, the FIA, Formula 1 and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern.

“The FIA and Formula 1 continue to work closely with affected promoters and local authorities to monitor the situation and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve.

“The FIA and Formula 1 expect to begin the 2020 Championship season as soon as it is safe to do so after May and will continue to regularly monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation.”

F1 announced earlier in the week that the summer shutdown has been brought forward to March and April, and so the series bosses and the FIA will be looking to slot as many races as possible in to the summer period so as to avoid as many outright cancellations as possible.