Like any other sports, motor sport has been strongly hit due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Formula 1 has been postponed until at least June, with disruption to the Formula E, NASCAR, WEC, and Moto GP calendars too.
Formula 1 has announced that the season’s first grand prix won’t take place until at least June. The Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed to September, and racing events all around the world are going to be bare for the next few months.
Coronavirus pandemic has cut a swathe through 2020 championship schedules worldwide, with international series affected as well as domestic competitions, such as the World Endurance Championship (WEC), Formula E, NASCAR, and MotoGP. All have canceled multiple events while further disruption is expected since the virus outbreak keeps going on.
Most of the series are no longer aiming to restart by a certain date. However, monitor the situation as much as possible between the relaxation of restrictions and before the end of the year.
Since Formula 1 has brought forward its summer shutdown, more races can be planned in August. Meanwhile, WEC will suspend the start of next season.
In Britain, Motorsport UK, governing four-wheeled motor sport in the country, has delayed all event permits until the end of June – at the earliest. The British Touring Car Championship is also looking to cram in races before the end of the year.
The FIA, motor sport’s governing body, has set up a “crisis cell” meeting every other day in order to consider the latest disruptions and decide on race cancellations or postponement.
F1 has ripped up its calendar after the cancelation of the Australian Grand Prix, just two hours before the first practice was planned to start, following a confirmed infected case in the McLaren team.