Hanoi-Vietnam’s first F1 Grand Prix was officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers said Friday.
The Vietnamese Grand Prix was originally scheduled to take place on the streets of Hanoi in April as the third race of the season, but sources said it was threatened by Reuters in March.
“Given the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, this was a very difficult decision, but it was a necessary decision to reach,” the Vietnamese Grand Prix said in an email and sold. He added that all tickets issued will be refunded.
Vietnam has recorded more than 1,110 COVID-19 infections, killing 35 people, Ministry of Health data show.
The start of the Formula One season has been postponed from March to July due to a pandemic, and the 2020 calendar has changed significantly.
The total number of races has been reduced from the originally expected record of 22 to 17, making Vietnam the 13th race from this year’s schedule.
Hanoi city officials wanted to hold the race in November, but Vietnamese Grand Prix CEO Le Ngoc Chi said on Friday that cancellation had emerged as the only option after a review of safety standards. It was.
Formula One completed the 2020 calendar in August after six rounds of racing.
The 13 races announced before the final calendar was released were all held in Europe after all four races of the season in the Americas were abolished.
With the announcement in August, F1 canceled the Chinese Grand Prix and added four more races (one in Turkey, two in Bahrain and one in Abu Dhabi) in the last two months of the year.