The fate of the Canadian Grand Prix is now known – postponed. The June 14 race in Montreal is no more as Formula One and race organizers announced on Tuesday that the race in two months will have to be pushed back amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
This is the eighth race already postponed or canceled joining rounds in Australia, Bahrain, China, Vietnam, Netherlands, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan. The new season would start now on June 28 in France but even that race is in doubt since the 24 Hours of Le Mans was scheduled to run a week prior to that but that event has already been postponed until September.
That would push F1’s start now to July with several changes now having to be made to the schedule moving forward.
In a statement, the Canadian promoters said they “would have been honored to host the first race on the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship calendar” and that they were “saddened” to have to postpone the race.
“This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily,” the statement read. “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.
“Our thoughts and most sincere thanks go to the men and women working tirelessly to keep us healthy, safe and fed during these uncertain times.”
Francois Dumontier, President and CEO 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 t Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO of Formula 1, 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.”
All tickets for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix 2020 will continue to be valid. As soon as the new date of the Grand Prix is confirmed, all spectators will be informed of the available options.