Races in The Netherlands, Spain and Monaco Also Under Threat
Formula 1 and the FIA also stated on March 13 that it expected the 2020 F1 season to “begin … in Europe at the end of May but given the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe in recent days, this will be regularly reviewed.” This statement throws the short-term future of the opening rounds of the European season into doubt, namely the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3
, Spanish Grand Prix on May 10
and Monaco Grand Prix on May 24
The exponential trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak, especially in Europe, poses a big dilemma for Formula 1 – not to mention a potentially significant health (and economic) threat to the entire world. With major events and public gatherings being shut down in all corners of the globe and the situation still deteriorating in many countries, it seems inevitable that more races will be postponed in the near future.