The French Grand Prix has change into the tenth race on the unique 2020 F1 calendar to hitch the postponed or cancelled checklist.
The race at Paul Ricard, which was slated for June 26-28, was positioned below critical doubt when the French authorities prolonged its ban on mass gatherings till the center of July.
It has left race officers with no choice however to cancel the race.
‘Following the declarations of the French president to ban main occasions till at the very least the center of July, to maintain the Schengen space closed till additional discover and the latest choices introduced by the French authorities to battle in opposition to the unfold of the Covid-19 virus, the GIP Grand Prix de France [at] Le Castellet takes be aware of the impossibility to keep up the System 1 Grand Prix de France on June 28, 2020,’ the promoter introduced.
There have been some back-up plans to observe within the footsteps of Silverstone and host an occasion behind closed doorways, however Paul Ricard’s managing director, Eric Boullier, has mentioned that won’t be doable and the main target will now flip to the 2021 occasion.
“Given the evolution of the scenario linked to the unfold of the Covid-19 virus, the French Grand Prix takes be aware of the choices introduced by the French State making it not possible to keep up our occasion,” he mentioned.
“The eyes of the GIP Grand Prix de France [at] Le Castellet are already turning in direction of the summer season of 2021 to be able to provide our spectators an much more unprecedented occasion on the coronary heart of the Area Sud.”
So France has joined Australia and Monaco on the cancelled checklist, whereas Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Spain, Netherlands, Azerbaijan and Canada are all presently classed as postponed.
The French Grand Prix’s cancellation paves the way in which for Austria to change into the official 2020 season opener in July, who’re able to host a race behind closed doorways.
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