The organizers of Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix have elected to postpone the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, per a Monday, March 23, announcement.
F1 officials had hoped to begin its newly abbreviated season in Azerbaijan (June 5-7) but are now unable to do so based upon the council of health professionals, as well as the government of Azerbaijan and the FIA.
Along with Azerbaijan Grand Prix, seven other events on the F1 calendar have previously been postponed or canceled.
“The thoughts of everyone at Baku City Circuit during this challenging and unprecedented situation go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” a Formula 1 statement read. “We wish to thank all our supporters, customers and partners for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to Baku later in the year for more unpredictable, thrilling racing action at the home of the street fighters.”
A rescheduled date for the event was not disclosed in the announcement. Additionally, a timetable for the resumption of normal F1 racing procedures and even the number of races the sanctioning body plans to hold in 2020 is unknown.
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