Chinese GP to be called off over Covid-19

Construction workers at the site for the F1 Grand Prix in Vietnam

With a little over two months to go until the race in Shanghai, F1 and the FIA confirmed that race organizers Just Sports Group had requested a postponement while the virus outbreak in China is brought under control.

He also said F1 is monitoring the status of Vietnam, which shares a border with China.

A congested race calendar from the middle of the season onwards means F1 is unlikely to find a suitable date which avoids a triple header.

Lewis Hamilton (centre) and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on the podium after the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on 14 April 2019.

Hosting fees also make up a significant portion of Formula One's revenues, with some races paying as much as $40 million a year.

"We all look forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wish everyone in the country the best during this hard time".

"The FIA and @F1 continue to work closely with the teams, promoter, CAMF and local authorities to monitor the situation", FIA said in relation to the Shanghai postponement.

China has been forced to cancel or put off a host of sporting events due to the coronavirus epidemic, from suspending all football in the country to postponing the first badminton tournament of the 2020 world tour season.

The World Health Organisation announced the coronavirus to be a global health emergency two weeks ago, with the Formula E event in March and all other sporting events having been canceled as well in the foreseeable future.

Media outlets reported today that F1 Chinese Grand Prix will not take place as scheduled on April 19 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. "All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve".

F1 did not immediately respond when asked for an update on the Chinese Grand Prix Tuesday evening.

"We all look forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wish everyone in the country the best during this hard time".



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