Formula 1 has postponed the Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 crisis has severely hampered motor racing events around the world, with the first three Grands Prix of the year already being cancelled or postponed.
In a statement issued by the FIA, it was said the decision was undertaken to ensure the safety of competitors and fans.
“Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, the FIA, Formula 1 and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern.
“The FIA and Formula 1 continue to work closely with affected promoters and local authorities to monitor the situation and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve.
“The FIA and Formula 1 expect to begin the 2020 Championship season as soon as it is safe to do so after May and will continue to regularly monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation.”
The first race on the revised scheduled is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku on June 7. The Canadian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place one week later. The summer shutdown has also been brought forward to help accommodate postponed races.