With the growing number of Covid-19 cases worldwide, many sports organizations have canceled their events including Formula 1, which was supposed to have its first race of the season in Australia last weekend. Succeeding races have been called off too.
So when will the 2020 F1 season officially start?
According to F1, the cancellation of the Melbourne race was due to a McLaren staff testing positive with the disease. Then, an F1 personnel from Pirelli was diagnosed with it last Monday.
From the looks of it, the organization is skipping Australia this season. It is supposed to proceed with the show in Bahrain without any fans in attendance, but again, the second race was postponed until further notice. China, reportedly being the source of the coronavirus spread, already said it is thinking about moving its Grand Prix later this year “should the situation improve”.
Even Vietnam, which is supposed to host a Grand Prix for the first time from April 3 to 5, agreed to move its schedule. On the other hand, there are no official announcements yet regarding the Dutch Grand Prix and Spanish Grand Prix as to whether or not they will proceed as planned. However, the organizers of the shows are also considering postponement.
Races Will Probably Begin in May
With that, the earliest possible date for the official launch of the 2020 F1 season is on May 24 just in time for the Monaco Grand Prix. However, because many employees in Europe are instructed to work from home in the foreseeable future, the event will probably be rescheduled as well.
Tickets for Canceled Shows
The organizers of Formula 1 assured that all tickets for the canceled Australian Grand Prix will be refunded in full. Meanwhile, the tickets for the postponed events will remain valid.