Formula 1 has confirmed this Thursday that the Great prizes The Netherlands, Spain and Monaco have been postponed due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus, further complicating the competition schedule.
The postponements of these appointments of Netherlands, Spain and Monaco They add to the cancellation of the inaugural Australian Grand Prix and the already confirmed delays of the Grand Prix of China, Bahrain and Vietnam.
The Netherlands Grand Prix, which was returning to the World Cup for the first time since 1985, was to be held in Zandvoort from May 1 to 3, with the race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya a week later and the historic Monaco Grand Prix from May 21 to 24.
“Due to the continuous and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation worldwide, Formula 1, the FIA and the three promoters They have made these decisions to ensure the health and safety of staff, Championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern, “F1 confirmed in a statement.
Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with affected promoters and local authorities to monitor the situation and take the appropriate time to study the feasibility of possible alternative dates for each Grand Prix later, in this 2020, “if the situation improves”.
This Wednesday, Formula 1 brought forward the break that is usually scheduled in the summer to March and April, in order to save time on the calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic that has stopped the world sport and, therefore, the F1 World Cup.