October 19, 2020

The Vietnam Formula 1 GP is definitively canceled due to the coronavirus


Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone.
EFE

The organizers of the Formula One Grand Prix of Vietnam announced this Friday the definitive cancellation of the event for this year due to the pandemic of Covid-19, which leaves the Asian country without the showcase that was supposed to host this competition for the first time.

“Is it was a very difficult decision to take for us but it was finally the only solution after reviewing all the safety and efficiency criteria under current conditions, “Le Ngoc Chi, director of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation, said in a statement.

The company will return the amount of the tickets sold after several months of doubts about a race that it was going to be held in april and that it has been postponed throughout the year until the final cancellation, already expected by fans since the International Automobile Federation (FIA) excluded the Hanoi GP from its new calendar.

Vietnam is one of the countries that has best managed the Covid-19 pandemic, with 35 deaths and 1,124 positive cases since January, but the strict sanitary measures demanded by the Government make the organization of events of this type impractical.

Borders are closed to tourism since the end of March and only Vietnamese returnees and foreign workers with the certificate of experts can enter the country, who have to comply with a two-week quarantine in hotels and government centers.

With this cancellation, Vietnam follows in the footsteps of Azerbaijan, Singapore, Japan, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, which in recent months have been forced to cancel their respective grand prizes for this world championship.

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