The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is the latest Formula 1 race to be postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week Formula 1 confirmed that the Dutch and Spanish races had been postponed, while the Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled, and organisers of the race in Baku have now confirmed that their race scheduled for June 7 has now also been postponed.
Although the race will no longer be in line to hold the opening race of the F1 season, Baku City Circuit has said that they are looking to re-schedule the race for a slot later in the year.
A statement released by the Baku race organisers said: “The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic.
“This comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.
“In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants.
“BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June.
“To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.
“All tickets for the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2020 will continue to be valid, without any additional formality.
“As soon as the new date of the Grand Prix is confirmed, all spectators will be informed accordingly about the available options, both for those who have purchased their tickets through the Baku City Circuit’s website (www.bakucitycircuit.com) and through other channels.”
With the Azerbaijan Grand Prix having now been postponed, it means that if racing does go ahead, the current opening race of the season would be held at Montreal in Canada on June 14.