The Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix that was due to be held in June is the latest race to be postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The race, which was due to take place on June 12-14, was in line to be the season opener after the first eight races have already been dropped as a result of the ongoing pandemic, but circuit bosses have now confirmed that it will no longer be the case.
Unlike the Australian and Monaco races, the race in Montreal has not been cancelled outright, and circuit organisers are hopeful that the event can be rescheduled for a later date in the year.
A statement released by the organisers said: “This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily.
“Over the past month, we have been in constant communication with Formula 1 and representatives from the city of Montréal, Tourism Montreal and both provincial and federal governments.
“We have heard the directives issued by public health officials and as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are following the expert guidance provided by the authorities.”
The President and CEO of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix added: “I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis.
“At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome COVID-19.
“We will welcome you with open arms at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Formula 1 CEO, Chase Carey previously said that he was hopeful that the season could get underway at some point in the summer, but the latest postponement pushes the start of the season further into the year, with the earliest possible start date being June 28, when the French Grand Prix is due to be held.
Speaking about the postponement of the Canadian race, Carey said: “We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community.
“We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.”