The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, originally scheduled for June 7, has been postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, event organisers have confirmed.
Formula 1 continues to look for alternative dates for the postponed Grands Prix, which includes Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, and Spain. Monaco has already been confirmed as cancelled.
Event organisers, Baku City Circuit released a statement regarding the postponement of the race.
“The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic.
“This comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.
“In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants.”
“BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June.
“To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.”
The season, in theory, looks to be starting in Montreal on June 14. However, following tightening restrictions within the country, as well as the withdrawal of the Canadian Olympic team from the Tokyo Olympic Games in July, it is more than likely that the Canadian Grand Prix will be postponed as well.