Formula 1 has confirmed that the 2020 Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix have been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
F1 bosses confirmed the calendar for the opening eight races last week, and have been looking to finalise the remaining races, but a statement issued earlier today confirmed that Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan will not be included on the list.
Azerbaijan already had it’s original race slot in June postponed and the series bosses had been looking to re-schedule it for the weekend that Singapore was due to be originally held, but that has not come to fruition.
Suzuka has followed suit in line with its sister track Motegei, who confirmed that they would be cancelling the 2020 Moto GP race that was scheduled for October, a week after F1 was due to attend Suzuka.
But, despite the latest cancellations, F1 still intends on holding a 15-18 race season and will be looking to confirm the remaining races before the season gets underway at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on 4 July.
A statement released by Formula 1 on Friday said: “As a result of the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, we and our promoters in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have taken the decision to cancel their races for the 2020 season.
“These decisions have been taken due to the different challenges our promoters face in those countries.
“In Singapore and Azerbaijan the long lead times required to construct street circuits made hosting the events during a period of uncertainty impossible and in Japan, ongoing travel restrictions also led to the decision not to proceed with the race.
“At the same time we have made significant progress with existing and new promoters on the revised calendar and have been particularly encouraged by the interest that has been shown by new venues in hosting a Formula 1 race during the 2020 season.
“We appreciate this is still a time of uncertainty and complexity around the world and will continue to ensure we proceed with the 2020 season in a cautious and flexible way.
“We have detailed and robust safety plans in place to ensure we begin our season in the safest possible way.”