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Chinese Grand Prix Postponed Due to Coronavirus

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Chinese Grand Prix postponed due to coronavirus

 

Formula One has postponed the Chinese Grand Prix because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

As previously reported by ESPN, the Shanghai event -- set to be the fourth of a record-breaking 22 races on the F1 schedule this year -- will not go ahead as planned on April 19. The race promoter, Juss Sports Group, requested the race to be postponed, which was accepted by F1.

In a statement Wednesday, F1 said it is working with the promoter and local authorities to study "the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve."

The congested nature of the F1 calendar makes rearranging the event a tricky proposition. There will now be a four-week gap between the two new races on this season's calendar, the Vietnam Grand Prix on April 5 and the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3. But it's unlikely F1 will find a replacement date at such late notice, because there are few open dates later in the schedule.

Speaking at an event in Baku, Azerbaijan, before the news was made official, F1 boss Chase Carey said the decision had to be made for safety reasons.

"We're not going to do something that isn't good for us or the teams," he said.

He also said F1 is monitoring the status of Vietnam, which shares a border with China.

"The reality of today, in most other countries [away from China], the number of people affected is a handful," he said. "But we don't know what it will be in a week or two."

This is the first F1 race to be canceled since the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix, which was called off because of civil unrest.

As of Wednesday, the death toll from coronavirus has risen past 1,100, with over 44,000 reported cases. The World Health Organisation has declared it a global health emergency.

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Understandable. Just cancel it, we have enough races this season. 

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Any chance this happens to the Olympics? Japan seem to have a lot of cases after all.

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It's only a race around a car park anyway. The only good Chinese Grands Prix have usually involved mixed conditions.

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35 minutes ago, Inti Brian said:

Any chance this happens to the Olympics? Japan seem to have a lot of cases after all.

I doubt it as it's expected that the virus will plateau (?) around April. Hopefully we'll start to see new case numbers dwindle and recoveries to begin after that in higher numbers.

 

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