The 2020 Formula One season will be delayed even further now. On Monday, Azerbaijan Grand Prix officials announced that they’re the next race of the year that will be postponed.
Officials from the Baku City Circuit said on Monday: “The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic.
“This comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.”
Azerbaijan becomes the eighth postponed or cancelled race of the season joining Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherland, Spain and Monaco. The only one cancelled right now is Monaco though as the other seven are hoping to find a place on the schedule later on in the year.
“All tickets for the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2020 will continue to be valid, without any additional formality,” the statement continued. “As soon as the new date of the Grand Prix is confirmed, all spectators will be informed accordingly about the available options, both for those who have purchased their tickets through the Baku City Circuit’s website (www.bakucitycircuit.com) and through other channels.
“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.
“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.
“In the meantime, we ask you to stay safe and stay at home if you can.”
The season is now scheduled to start June 14 in Montreal. The next race would be June 28 in France, but that race could be in doubt since the 24 Hours of Le Mans which is slated to run the week prior has already been postponed until September. Austria on July 5 is now the third race of the season but that could end up being moved up to first or even second in the pecking order.