The inevitable postponement of the Canadian Grand Prix has finally been confirmed as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on sport worldwide.
The Montreal event scheduled for June 14 had become the season-opener following the postponement of multiple events, as well as the cancellation of the Melbourne and Monaco events.
However, with Canada’s strict travel restrictions to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, it was confirmed this morning that the event will not go ahead as scheduled, with a new date being sought. Motorsport.com sources suggest it could be held later this summer.
In a statement issued by the race organisers, it was stressed that local authorities played a key role in the process:
“This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily.
“Over the past month, we have been in constant communication with Formula 1 and representatives from the city of Montreal, Tourism Montreal and both provincial and federal governments.
“We have heard the directives issued by public health officials and as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are following the expert guidance provided by the authorities.
“Our thoughts and most sincere thanks go to the men and women working tirelessly to keep us healthy, safe and fed during these uncertain times.”
Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said a new date would be found for the race.
“We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community.
“We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.”
The Formula 1 season is now scheduled to begin at the Circuit Paul Ricard on June 28. Although this is yet to be confirmed as the situation surrounding the pandemic continues to escalate in France.