Canadian Grand Prix could still be held on June 14 as planned amid coronavirus crisis

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Lewis Hamilton poses with the trophy after winning the Canadian Grand Prix in June last year
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Canadian Grand Prix could still be held on June 14 as planned after eight races fell victim to the coronavirus crisis… but promoter warns race will need to rescheduled before Montreal’s harsh winter if it is postponed

  • Canadian Grand Prix on June 14 is the next race still standing on the schedule
  • The first seven races of the 2020 season have been cancelled or postponed
  • The race’s promoter believes race in Montreal could still go ahead as planned
  • Decision is expected by Easter as the coronavirus continues to cause havoc
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The Canadian Grand Prix could still be held on its original date of June 14 if the coronavirus crisis eases in the next three weeks, the race’s promoter has revealed.

Due to take place in Montreal, the race is the next one still standing on Formula One’s schedule after a string of cancellations in recent weeks.

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off due to concerns about the spread of the virus, with the following six races – in Bahrain, Vietnam, Holland, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan – also scrapped for the time being. The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai was also postponed. 

Lewis Hamilton poses with the trophy after winning the Canadian Grand Prix in June last year

FORMULA ONE RACES CALLED OFF 

Australia – Cancelled

Bahrain – Postponed

Vietnam – Postponed

China – Postponed

Holland – Postponed

Spain – Postponed

Monaco – Cancelled

Azerbaijan – Postponed

However, the Canadian Grand Prix could turn out to be the first race of the 2020 season if the situation improves in the coming weeks. 

‘We would have to make a decision by Easter weekend [11/12 April],’ Canadian GP promoter Francois Dumontier said.

‘If the situation has improved by then, we could have the site ready on schedule.’

‘We’re in a better position than Monaco or Baku where they race through the city streets and have to build a track.

‘We have the track. We’re optimistic but we also know things change by the hour, so we’re also realistic.’

F1 officials are currently discussing plans for a revamped season, which would see between 15 and 18 races take place rather than the originally scheduled 22. 

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel leads the way during last year's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel leads the way during last year’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Dumontier confirmed that the Canadian Grand Prix would not be cancelled if it cannot go ahead on June 14, but warned that it would need to be rescheduled before Montreal’s harsh winter begins. 

‘We must completely forget the current F1 calendar,’ he added. ‘Countries will change dates. We will have to make certain concessions, or accommodations.

‘Obviously, as we know, I will not be able to present the Canadian Grand Prix in November in Montreal. It has to be within the months that allow it… we would be talking about the end of summer, or the beginning of fall [autumn].’

 

 

 

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Canadian Grand Prix could still be held on June 14 as planned after eight races fell victim to the coronavirus crisis… but promoter warns race will need to rescheduled before Montreal’s harsh winter if it is postponed

  • Canadian Grand Prix on June 14 is the next race still standing on the schedule
  • The first seven races of the 2020 season have been cancelled or postponed
  • The race’s promoter believes race in Montreal could still go ahead as planned
  • Decision is expected by Easter as the coronavirus continues to cause havoc
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

The Canadian Grand Prix could still be held on its original date of June 14 if the coronavirus crisis eases in the next three weeks, the race’s promoter has revealed.

Due to take place in Montreal, the race is the next one still standing on Formula One’s schedule after a string of cancellations in recent weeks.

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was called off due to concerns about the spread of the virus, with the following six races – in Bahrain, Vietnam, Holland, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan – also scrapped for the time being. The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai was also postponed. 

Lewis Hamilton poses with the trophy after winning the Canadian Grand Prix in June last year

FORMULA ONE RACES CALLED OFF 

Australia – Cancelled

Bahrain – Postponed

Vietnam – Postponed

China – Postponed

Holland – Postponed

Spain – Postponed

Monaco – Cancelled

Azerbaijan – Postponed

However, the Canadian Grand Prix could turn out to be the first race of the 2020 season if the situation improves in the coming weeks. 

‘We would have to make a decision by Easter weekend [11/12 April],’ Canadian GP promoter Francois Dumontier said.

‘If the situation has improved by then, we could have the site ready on schedule.’

‘We’re in a better position than Monaco or Baku where they race through the city streets and have to build a track.

‘We have the track. We’re optimistic but we also know things change by the hour, so we’re also realistic.’

F1 officials are currently discussing plans for a revamped season, which would see between 15 and 18 races take place rather than the originally scheduled 22. 

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel leads the way during last year's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel leads the way during last year’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Dumontier confirmed that the Canadian Grand Prix would not be cancelled if it cannot go ahead on June 14, but warned that it would need to be rescheduled before Montreal’s harsh winter begins. 

‘We must completely forget the current F1 calendar,’ he added. ‘Countries will change dates. We will have to make certain concessions, or accommodations.

‘Obviously, as we know, I will not be able to present the Canadian Grand Prix in November in Montreal. It has to be within the months that allow it… we would be talking about the end of summer, or the beginning of fall [autumn].’

 

 

 

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