Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix Postponed

Just when we thought we saw all the action we were going to see out of the 2020 Formula 1 season  , the plot thickens. As questions arose about the safety of having more Grand Prix events in the face of more teams have members being monitored for Coronavirus, F1 and the FIA have both come out to officially announce that the Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix Postponed for safety reasons.

Here is part of Formula’1 statement that delves into the possibility of the events taking place with full quotes from key decision makers under that.

Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with the race promoters in Bahrain and Vietnam and the local health 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. As a result, Formula 1 and the FIA expect to begin the Championship in Europe at the end of May but given the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe in recent days, this will be regularly reviewed.

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Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix Postponed Statements

Chase Carey, who had a very poor showing at the Australian Grand Prix in marshaling his resources and handling the cancellation of the GP, went on to say this about The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix Postponements:

Chase Carey, CEO & F1 Chairman
The global situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and very difficult to predict and its right we take time to assess the situation and make the right decisions. We are taking this decision with the FIA and our promoters to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Formula 1 and our fans. The Bahrain Grand Prix is an exciting race in our schedule, and we look forward to being back there as soon as we can. We are also looking forward to Vietnam’s inaugural race and bringing the spectacle of F1 to one of the most exciting cities in the world.”

Despite Todt’s relative absence from the evolving COVID19 situation at yesterday’s Australian Grand Prix debacle, he was sure to issue a public statement as quick as possible this time around. He had this to say about Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix postponed:

Jean Todt on the postponement of Bahrain and Vietnam
Protecting people first. Together with Formula 1, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association, and the local promoters, postponing both the Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix, as with the Australian Grand Prix, was the only possible decision given all of the information currently available to us. We continue to rely on the input and advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments and will work with them throughout this unpredictable period to safeguard the fans, competitors and all of the motor sport community.

What’s Next For Formula 1?

The plan right now is to start the 2020 F1 season in Europe but it’s looking like there may be some risk to that as well. I will continue to monitor this situation and keep the site content updated appropriately so you remain informed.