Monaco Grand Prix CANCELLED, not postponed!

Friday, 20 Mar, 2020

The new season has been thrown into disarray by the virus and F1 is working on plans to run as long a season as possible once races can be held.

The introduction of the new Formula 1 technical rules has been delayed from 2021 until 2022 due to the disruption caused by the global coronavirus outbreak.

Part of the rescheduling will involve bringing F1's mandatory mid-season factory shutdown forward several months to make space for rescheduled races in August.

Formula One continues to implement changes in the 2020 season to keep up with the fluid situation of COVID-19 and on Wednesday announced its final steps to accelerate the season break.

The season is now scheduled to start at the beginning of June in Azerbaijan, before Canada, France and Austria follow ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.

With many teams self-isolating after returning from Melbourne where the Australian GP didn't take place, Formula 1 bosses have chose to use the opportunity to take an early break.

Regarding the latest postponements, Formula One and the FIA said they were taking these decisions "in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern".

"The change was supported unanimously by both the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission", it added in a statement.

But despite the unhappiness about how things were handled, Carey said at the weekend that he felt F1 had made the "right decisions" in how it dealt with the events.

The season could start in the Netherlands, at the Zandvoort track outside Amsterdam, on 3 May, or later in May at either the Spanish GP on 10 May the Monaco GP on 24 May.

"We therefore agree with the measures being taken to reduce the risk of transmission and will support any further race postponements that are deemed necessary".

What's more, a countrywide government-enforced shutdown in Italy means Ferrari and Alpha Tauri have already stopped work at their factories and a similar policy is likely to follow from the United Kingdom government, affecting seven of F1's 10 teams.

"Formula 1 and the FIA will now work to finalise a revised 2020 calendar and will consult with the teams, but as agreed at the meeting the revised calendar will not require their formal approval".