The Chinese Grand Prix which is scheduled to be held in Shanghai on 19 April will be postponed over the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Shanghai sports general association has suspended sporting events until the threat from coronavirus is over.
The association was instructed to “formulate a plan for epidemic prevention to avoid internal infections” and must “implement a daily hygiene management system and strengthen health education to urge employees to protect themselves.”
Ross Brawn the Formula 1 managing director will reschedule the Chinese Grand Prix.
Chase Carey, Formula 1 group chief executive told Reuters, “We recognise that the postponement of the event is certainly a possibility and you could probably go even further and say a likelihood just given what seems to be transpiring.”
The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) said in a statement on its website, “In view of the continued spread of novel coronavirus and after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports, the Chinese Grand Prix Promoter, Juss Sports Group, has officially requested that the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix be postponed.
“The FIA, together with the Formula 1, have jointly decided to accept this official request from the promoter and postpone the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for 19 April.
“As a result of continued health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, the FIA and Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains of primary concern.”
Adding, “All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for the Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve.
“The Chinese Grand Prix has long been an important part of the F1 calendar with many passionate fans. The FIA F1 community looks forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wishes everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”