Formula 1 has announced that three more rounds of the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak: the Dutch and Spanish Grand Prix have been postponed, the Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled. The first race of 2020, then, will be in Baku on June 7th.

The official statement from Formula 1 said that due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of all staff, drivers, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern.

17 BERNHARD Timo (GER) WEBBER Marc (AUS) HARTLEY Brendon (GBR) PORSCHE 919 hybrid team Porsche action during the 2015 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Bahrain from November 19th to 21th 2015, at International Circuit of Sakhir. Photo Frederic Le Floc’h / DPPI

Formula 1 and the FIA expect to start the 2020 Championship season as soon as it’s safe to do so after May and will continue to regularly manage the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Just hours after it was announced the Australian GP would be postponed m, Formula 1 has temporarily pulled the plug on the Bahrain and Vietnamese Grand Prix. Formula 1’s statement said that after the announcement of the Australian Grand Prix’s postponed this week and the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, Formula 1, the FIA and the promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the staff, drivers and fans, which remains our primary concern.

FIA and the Formula 1 will continue to collaborate closely with the local race organizers and promoters in Bahrain and Vietnam and the local health authorities to manage the situation of the disease and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative day for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation turn better. As a result, Formula 1 and the FIA will be regularly reviewed the situation to choose an alternative dates