Vietnam formally cancels debut F1 race for 2020

Vietnam’s first System One grand prix has been formally cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers stated on Friday.

The Vietnamese Grand Prix was initially scheduled to happen in April on the streets of Hanoi because the third race of the season, however sources informed Reuters in March that it was below menace.

“This has been an especially troublesome however needed resolution to achieve in view of the continued uncertainty attributable to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic,” Vietnam Grand Prix Corp stated in an emailed assertion, including that it will refund all tickets offered.

Vietnam has recorded over 1,110 COVID-19 infections, with 35 deaths, Ministry of Well being information confirmed.

The beginning of the System One season was pushed again to July from March because of the pandemic, with in depth adjustments made to the 2020 calendar.

The full variety of races was lower to 17 from the report 22 initially envisaged, with Vietnam changing into the thirteenth race from the unique calendar to be axed this 12 months.

Hanoi metropolis authorities had hoped to carry the race in November, however Vietnam Grand Prix Corp Chief Government Le Ngoc Chi stated on Friday that cancellation emerged as the one choice after a evaluation of security standards.

System One solely finalised its 2020 calendar in August, following six rounds of racing.

The 13 races introduced earlier than the ultimate calendar was made public have been all in Europe, in spite of everything 4 of the season’s races within the Americas have been scrapped.

In its August announcement, System One cancelled the Chinese language Grand Prix, whereas including 4 extra races — one in Turkey, two in Bahrain and one in Abu Dhabi — within the final two months of the 12 months.

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