The 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix has become the eighth Formula 1 race to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, scheduled to take place on June 7 at Baku City Circuit, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, race organisers said that tickets will remain valid for a rescheduled event, if a new date for the race can be found: “In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants. BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season. All tickets […] will continue to be valid, without any additional formality. As soon as the new date of the Grand Prix is confirmed, all spectators will be informed accordingly about the available options, both for those who have purchased their tickets through the Baku City Circuit’s website and through other channels.”
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is the eighth Formula 1 race to be cancelled or postponed in 2020. The Chinese Grand Prix was first to be cancelled back in February, while the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled hours before the on-track action was scheduled to begin. That was swiftly followed by the postponement of both the Bahrain and Vietnam races, before the Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix were all postponed last week. Following that news, it was announced that the Monaco Grand Prix will not be held in 2020. The postponement of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix means that the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 14 could be the curtain-raiser for the 2020 season. However, given the ongoing nature of the coronavirus pandemic – and the fact that Canada recently became the first major country to withdraw from the 2020 Olympic Games – the Montreal race is surely in doubt. If no replacement dates for the postponed races can be found, the 2020 season would currently comprise of only fourteen races – the fewest rounds since 1980.