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COVID-19 forces postponement of Canadian F1 Grand Prix

The June 14 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal joined a rising checklist of Formula One races postponed because of the new coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, with the 2020 season yet to get on the starting grid.

The race is the 9th to be suffering from the virus, with the March 15 season-opening Australian Grand Prix cancelled in conjunction with May's exhibit Monaco Grand Prix.

The Liberty-Media owned global championship is hoping to get underway in the European summer time with a discounted and very much rearranged time table of between 15 and 18 races that might run into the New Year.

"At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome COVID-19. We will welcome you with open arms at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so," said Canadian Grand Prix CEO Francois Dumontier.

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The race is promoted through Octane Racing Group and organisers said the decision to put off it, after common discussions with town authorities and Formula One, used to be no longer taken flippantly or simply.

"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," added the organisers.

Almost part the COVID-19 cases in Canada are in the province of Quebec, of which Montreal is the biggest town, where premier Francois Legault said on Sunday he was hoping to see new diagnoses top in numerous weeks.

He additionally instructed reporters he used to be extending a shutdown of non-essential companies for every other 3 weeks to May four.

Formula One chairman Chase Carey said Formula One supported the "essential decision to make sure the protection of enthusiasts and the F1 group.

"We at all times look forward to travelling to the unbelievable town of Montreal and whilst we will all have to wait slightly longer, we will put on an excellent display once we arrive later this year," he added.

Organisers said tickets would proceed to be valid and spectators would be informed in their choices when a new date used to be made up our minds.

Formula One now has to take a look at to reschedule races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands and Spain in addition to Canada with France, Austria and Britain taking a look most likely to enroll in the checklist.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone has set an April deadline to make a decision whether it may move forward.

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