F1: Dutch Grand Prix 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus
The 2020 Formula One Dutch Grand Prix has been canceled, it was confirmed on Thursday.
With the coronavirus epidemic having caused havoc on the F1 schedule, the season was about to begin in the revived Circuit Zandvoort in May.
However, that date was soon revised up in June and now completely removed from the calendar, organizers are not interested in staging the event – the first F1 race on the track in 35 years – behind closed doors.
A statement said: “Due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Formula One Dutch Grand Prix has, as previously announced, been postponed.”
On the advice of Formula One management, the Dutch Grand Prix company has come to the conclusion that it is no longer possible to race with spectators this year.
Therefore, it has been decided to postpone the competition until 2021. With the FIA, Formula One management will set the schedule for 2021, as well as the new date for the Dutch Grand Prix.
“Like every year, the date will be announced by the FIA by the end of 2020. All tickets remain valid for the new race.”
It remains to be seen when the F1 campaign will be able to begin, with the Austrian GP on July 5 now the opening race on the revised scheduled.