The Automobile Club de Monaco has confirmed that the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.For the first time since 1954, the Monaco Grand Prix will not take place this year, as race organisers have announced that the Grand Prix weekend will not be rescheduled for later in 2020. The news comes just hours after Formula 1 announced the event’s postponement, along with the postponement of the Dutch and Spanish Grands Prix. In a statement, the Automobile Club de Monaco said holding the event was “no longer tenable”: “The current situation concerning the worldwide pandemic and its unknown path of evolution, the lack of understanding as to the impact on the FIA F1 World Championship 2020, the uncertainty with regards to the participation of the teams, the consequences with regards to the differing measures of confinement as taken by various governments worldwide, the multi-border restrictions for accessing the Principality of Monaco, the pressure on all implicated businesses, their dedicated staff who are unable to undertake the necessary installations, the availability of the indispensable workforce and volunteers (more than 1500) required for the success of the event means that the situation is no longer tenable […] To all the fans, spectators, partners and our members, the Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere regrets that these two events cannot be postponed and under no circumstances, will it be possible to organize [the Grand Prix] later this year.”
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, which was scheduled for 8-10 May, has also been cancelled. This year’s Monaco Grand Prix was set to be the 78th running of the event. The race has been a mainstay on the F1 calendar since 1955, meaning this will be the first time in 66 years that the event has not been held. It first appeared on the Formula 1 schedule in the sport’s inaugural season – but the event dates back further, with the very first Monaco Grand Prix having been held in 1929. While plenty of races have so far been postponed, the Monaco Grand Prix is only the second to be officially cancelled. The 2020 Australian Grand Prix will not be rescheduled, mainly due to the fact that the temporary street track is based in a public park. That means that at best there will be 20 races on the Formula 1 calendar in 2020. However, with the ever-evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic and the logistical issues with rescheduling races, that number is likely to drop further over the coming months.