Formula E and the FIA have announced the series will enter a two-month suspension period for the 2019/20 season.
The expected development comes after the FIA decided to cancel the Australian Grand Prix earlier today amid coronavirus fears.
The statement read:
“The decision, made in coordination with the relevant local authorities to temporarily freeze races held in highly-populated cities, was taken as the most responsible course of action, due to the continued spread of coronavirus and the World Health Organisation officially declaring COVID-19 a pandemic.
“With the well-being of staff, spectators and the entire championship workforce being the number one priority, precautionary measures put in place will restrict races from running during a set timeframe.
“The series is implementing a flag system traditionally used in motorsport, to determine different phases and time windows where races could be rearranged or remain unaffected. Red representing no races, yellow keeping the opportunity open and green going ahead as planned.
“Months marked as red flags are March and April, with May currently categorised as a yellow flag and both June and July given the green flag, should the situation improve and stabilise.
“As a consequence of the suspension, it will no longer be possible to race in Paris and Seoul, or Jakarta as previously announced on the originally scheduled dates.
“Working in collaboration with the FIA and local authorities in each event location, Formula E will closely monitor the situation and evaluate options to organise and reschedule races following the temporary suspension.”
Currently, May has been labelled a ‘yellow month’, where the potential of the series holding a race has been kept open.
However, the Seoul E-Prix which was originally scheduled for May 3 has been cancelled indefinitely.
Events in June and July have been declared by FE as green, meaning races in Berlin, New York races and London are expected to go ahead as planned.