The International Automobile Association (FIA) has postponed the Formula 1 races in the Netherlands, Spain and Monaco planned for May due to the coronavirus crisis. The FIA announced this on Thursday.
The decision was made together with the race organizers in Zandvoort, Barcelona and Monte Carlo. The aim is to ensure the health and safety of the traveling employees of the teams and the fans.
Only 17 out of 22 in the World Cup calendar
According to the World Cup calendar, the start of the season would be at the earliest on June 7, when the Azerbaijan GP in Baku is on the program. Following the failure of the season opener in Australia and the canceled races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China, the Formula 1 makers are working on a new racing calendar. Originally, 22 grands prix were to be driven, more than ever before. The plan is now to run at least 17 races in 2020.
For this, the factory holidays scheduled for summer, in which work on the car is not permitted and which would normally have taken place in July and August, were brought forward. They were moved to March / April and extended to 21 days, it said in a message on Wednesday. In the new vacation period, no Grand Prix can be held due to the coronavirus pandemic anyway.