Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 3 April 2020

Formula One: Azerbaijan Grand Prix called off due to coronavirus

Postponement of Baku street race on June 7 leaves season in turmoil

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has become the eighth Formula One race of the season to be cancelled or postponed. EPA 
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has become the eighth Formula One race of the season to be cancelled or postponed. EPA 

The Formula One calendar took another hit on Monday when the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, scheduled for June 7, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It left the stalled championship with a major rescheduling headache with eight races now called off.

Organisers of the street race in Baku said they would work closely with F1 "with a view to announcing a new race date later in 2020".

The latest postponement follows the cancellation of the Monaco Grand Prix and the postponement of races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain.

The next race yet to be postponed is the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on June 14 but that also looks far from certain to take place.

Canada became the first country to pull out of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on Monday, due to fears about Covid-19. It would seem unlikely that a different attitude would be taken over a major event in their own country.

Updated: March 23, 2020 03:56 PM

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