The Canadian Grand Prix which was due to take place in Montreal on June 14 has been postponed due to the COVID 19 global pandemic.
In a statement race organisers said:
This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily “Over the past month, we have been in constant communication with Formula 1 and representatives from the city of Montréal, Tourism Montreal and both provincial and federal governments.
“We have heard the directives issued by public health officials and as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are following the expert guidance provided by the authorities.
“Our thoughts and most sincere thanks go to the men and women working tirelessly to keep us healthy, safe and fed during these uncertain times.
Francois Dumontier, President and CEO of Formula One Canadian Grand Prix said:
I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis. At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome COVID-19. We will welcome you with open arms the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so
Formula One Chairman and CEO Chase Carey said:
We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community. We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.”
It is likely that if and when the 2020 season gets underway there will be a trip header with Canada, Texas and Mexico in quick succession.