Formula E season suspension extended until June

Following concerns over the safety and wellbeing of spectators, Formula E have extended the season’s suspension meaning that the Berlin E-Prix will not take place on its original date.

Over a month ago, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship were one of the first to plan and prepare for COVID-19 by imposing a clear infrastructure.

It involved using a flag-based system (red, yellow and green) to determine the status of running the following rounds.

Last Lap’s Freddie Coates summarised the meanings for the flags saying that “Red (is) for not going ahead, Yellow meaning the opportunity is still open and will be evaluated, and Green is to go ahead as planned.”

March and April were labelled as ‘Red-Flagged’ months, whilst May was at Yellow, and June and July were at Green categories.

In a statement, ABB Formula E have confirmed that “that red flags have been applied to the months of May and June, meaning the Berlin E-Prix can no longer take place as originally planned on June 21.”

It continued: “July has now become a yellow flag month, with the opportunity to host events or reschedule races remaining open should the coronavirus situation stabilise.

“We aim to return to racing as soon as possible, but our priority in all decision-making must be the health and safety of our staff and the entire Formula E community of teams, manufacturers, partners, drivers and fans, as well as the citizens and residents of the cities in which we race.

“We are assessing all available options in order to finish the season with the highest number of races possible. This contingency planning continues to explore staging races behind closed doors, using permanent track facilities, introducing new double headers and extending the season beyond its original end date.

“Ticket holders for the Berlin E-Prix will be contacted with further information in due course.”