The 2020 Monaco Grand Prix has been officially cancelled, despite initially being declared as postponed in a statement issued by Formula 1 earlier this morning. It will be the first time since 1954 that the Monaco Grand Prix will not be run.
The Automobile Club de Monaco announced via a statement that the event was “no longer tenable”. It was a decision that was a result of a combination of circumstances, including the availability of the workforce required to build the circuit, as well as volunteers to man the circuit come race day.
The statement issued by the ACM read:
“The current situation concerning the worldwide pandemic and its unknown path of evolution, the lack of understanding as to the impact on the FIA F1 World Championship 2020, the uncertainty with regards to the participation of the teams, the consequences with regards to the differing measures of confinement as taken by various governments worldwide, the multi-border restrictions for accessing the Principality of Monaco, the pressure on all implicated businesses, their dedicated staff who are unable to undertake the necessary installations, the availability of the indispensable workforce and volunteers (more than 1500) required for the success of the event means that the situation is no longer tenable.
“As a result, and after careful consideration as to the gravity of this crisis worldwide, it is with great sadness that the Automobile Club de Monaco Board of Directors has taken the decision to cancel the 12th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and the 78th Grand Prix de Monaco Formula 1.
“To all the fans, spectators, partners and our members, the Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere regrets that these two events cannot be postponed and under no circumstances, will it be possible to organise these events later this year.”
The Bahrain, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, and Vietnamese Grands Prix remain postponed, and will be assigned an alternate slot on the calendar.