Formula E loses China leg to Coronavirus, will Formula 1 be affected too?

With the outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus being declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Formula E and FIA, in consultation with the organisers and local authorities in Sanya, China have decided to call off the race that was schedule run on 21st March, 2020.

However, Formula E and FIA are monitoring the situation closely and may consider holding the Hainan Island race on a later date in the year.

The original Formula E Season 6 calendar comprised of 14 point-scoring races spanning 12 countries, including the Sanya leg, it kicked off in November last year at Saudi Arabia (Race 1 and 2) and recently concluded Race 3 in Santiago, Chile on 19th January 2020. Stoffel Vandoorne of Mercedes-Benz EQ team, Alexander Sims of BMW i Andretti Motorsport and Sam Bird Of Envision Virgin Racing are leading the drivers’ standings.

Let’s hope China makes a quick recovery and that the Shanghai F1 race can go on.

With major sporting events in China (not merely motor sports) likely to be affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, the fate of the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix – the fourth race of the 2020 season and scheduled to be held from 17th to 19th April in Shanghai, hangs in the balance.     


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