A season start on June 7th was already a novelty for Formula One. Now the fight for the 2020 World Cup title due to the coronavirus pandemic begins even later than had been planned for a few days. Because even the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku cannot keep its scheduled date.
‘Motorsport-Total.com’ has learned from a reliable source: In a crisis meeting on Sunday, the organizer of the spectacular city race decided to postpone the 2020 Grand Prix for the time being. There is no talk of a final cancellation. However, there is no new appointment either.
Just like the Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM), Baku also has the problem that building the temporary infrastructure for Formula 1 in the city (e.g. grandstands and paddock) is out of the question under the current exit restrictions.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese Grand Prix was postponed, followed by the season opener in Australia. There is no new date for the first six races of the season; Monaco was even completely canceled for 2020.
The Baku decision means that the 2020 Formula 1 season (at the earliest) will begin on June 14th with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would have been just the eighth round of the season. And there is also a question mark about it.
It is therefore certain that 2020 will go down in Formula One history as a record. A World Cup season has never started later. The previous record holder was 1951, when the Swiss Grand Prix took place in Bremgarten as the first race on May 27th.
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