The Dutch & Spanish GP Are Officially Postponed

Formula 1 postpones both the Dutch GP and the Spanish GP as the spread of COVID-19 remains a health concern for the FIA & the 2020 Formula 1 Season.

The news of the postponement of two very important races for Formula 1 comes as a blow to F1 fans but an even bigger to the pocketbooks of Formula 1.

The Dutch Grand Prix has been absent from the grid since Lauda, Senna, and Prost were all dueling on the track at the same time in 1985. Seeing as though Formula previously announced racing wouldn’t begin until late May, this is hardly a shock. The back to back string of races was moving to the test site of Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix next. This has now too been postponed with the plans to create a much more tight season possible including some two day events.

The cancelling of the Monaco Grand Prix outright was especially painful for all considering it’s also the only grand prix that doesn’t have to pay Formula 1 to be raced.

Considering how Formula 1 are announcing these often with errors or confusing messages, I’ll monitor the situation closely and keep you updated via the F1 News page.

The Official FIA & Formula 1 Postponement Messages

Below is the official notice of the postponement from all promoting GPs involved as well as a join effort of the FIA & Formula 1:

Formula 1, The FIA, & Both Promoters
“​In view of the continued global spread of COVID-19 and after ongoing discussions with the FIA and the three promoters it has today been confirmed that the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2020, Formula 1 Gran Premio De España 2020 and Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2020 will be postponed.Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA 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. Formula 1 and the FIA 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. Formula 1 and the FIA expect to begin the 2020 Championship season as soon as it’s safe to do so after May and will continue to regularly monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation.”

What’s Next For Formula 1?

Formula 1 and The Automobile Club de Monaco have also confirmed the outright cancellation of the Monaco Grand Prix which further puts F1 of making championship status in the 2020 season. As of late March Formula 1 has drawn a line at Baku as the first race while also officially announcing that the 2021 new regulations are now put on hold until the 2022 season. In an effort to use the time of no racing “wisely”, Formula 1 has moved up the summer break to these next few weeks. I will keep you updated all the most relevant, topical F1 news possible.

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