Formula E will extend the suspension of the 2019-20 season until the end of June, with the Berlin E-Prix postponed as a result.
A two-month suspension of the calendar was enforced in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The series was scheduled to resume in Berlin on June 21.
However, the suspension was extended due to the strict containment measures put in place by governments around the world to mitigate the spread of the virus.
A statement issued by Formula E read:
“With strict containment measures continuing to be put in place globally by governments to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Formula E together with the FIA have jointly decided to extend the season suspension until at least the end of June. Formula E and the FIA continue to use its flag-based system to determine the status of each race.
“A red flag representing that no races will happen, a yellow flag indicating a time window to potentially restart racing and a green flag meaning we are ready to race again. We can now confirm that red flags have been applied to the months of May and June, meaning the Berlin E-Prix can no longer take place as originally planned on June 21.
“July has now become a yellow flag month, with the opportunity to host events or reschedule races remaining open should the coronavirus situation stabilise.”
“We aim to return to racing as soon as possible, but our priority in all decision-making must be the health and safety of our staff and the entire Formula E community of teams, manufacturers, partners, drivers and fans, as well as the citizens and residents of the cities in which we race.
“We are assessing all available options in order to finish the season with the highest number of races possible. This contingency planning continues to explore staging races behind closed doors, using permanent track facilities, introducing new double headers and extending the season beyond its original end date.
“Ticket holders for the Berlin E-Prix will be contacted with further information in due course.”
While the sport carries out its suspension, an Eseries has been organised for both the official championship drivers and the sim racers. The winners of the sim racing comp will receive a test drive in a real-life Formula E car.