Coronavirus pandemic: Formula E temporarily suspends championship due to COVID-19 outbreak

Formula E said it hoped to host races in June and July and potentially add additional rounds depending on the situation.

Reuters March 13, 2020 14:40:42 IST
Coronavirus pandemic: Formula E temporarily suspends championship due to COVID-19 outbreak

The Formula E championship has suspended its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the all-electric series said on Friday.

Races in Rome and China’s Sanya have already been postponed while Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta on Wednesday delayed a race scheduled for 6 June over concerns about the virus.

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Formula E is now hoping to host races in June and July. Photo: @JeanEricVergne

Earlier on Friday, Formula One’s season was thrown into turmoil with the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix due to the coronavirus , which has killed over 4,900 people globally.

“As has been reported recently in Europe especially and across the world, the increase of COVID-19 cases continue to rise on a daily basis and experts are saying it is expected to peak in the next month,” Formula E said in a statement.

“For this reason, we have decided to temporarily suspend the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, but we feel it is an essential one to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, teams, partners and suppliers — as well as their families — who travel together with Formula E.”

Formula E said it would remain under “red flag” conditions in March and April, meaning that the Paris race on 18 April was also postponed.

“We will then move to a “yellow flag” in May, with Seoul no longer possible to be staged on the original date of 3 May while keeping the option open to potentially rearrange races later that month depending on developments,” it added.

Formula E said it hoped to host races in June and July and potentially add additional rounds depending on the situation.

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