Berlin (dpa) – The hope of starting the Formula 1 season in early June has been dashed. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is also postponed. The Grand Prix was supposed to take place on June 7 in Baku.
The decision was made after “detailed discussions” with the Formula 1 managers, the world automobile association and the government in Azerbaijan, the organizer said.
The race should be rescheduled at a later date if necessary. It is the eighth Grand Prix to be canceled due to the corona pandemic. 22 were originally planned and more than ever before.
According to media reports, holding the Grand Prix in Baku also failed due to the setup for the city race. This could no longer be met in time. The earliest start of the season according to the racing calendar that had been valid so far would be on June 14th with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
The motorsport premier class had to cancel the races in Australia, Bahrain, China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, Spain and Monaco for the planned dates by the end of May. Actually, 22 races were supposed to take place in one season for the first time this year. It is currently not possible to predict how many actually will be. Formula 1 has already launched a virtual racing series for fans.