Not only has the first four races of the Formula 1 been either cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus, but now the FIA has confirmed that the 2019/2020 Formula E championship has been suspended for the same reason.
Over the weekend, Formula E and the FIA told us that the sport will now use a ‘flag system’, to let fans know if the race is going ahead or not.
- Red flag – the event has been cancelled
- Yellow flag – there’s a possibility the event might go ahead
- Green flag – the event will go ahead as usual
March and April are currently all in red, while May is covered in yellow flags. June and July are currently green, but could be changed as the situation progresses. Currently, France, China, Italy, South Korea, and Indonesia races have been cancelled.
“Right now is the time to take responsible actions and this is why we have decided to temporarily suspend the season and move forward with introducing measures to freeze races from taking place over the next two months,” founder and chairman of Formula E Alejandro Agag said. “Motorsport plays a major part in our lives and it is important, but what is more important is the health and safety of our staff, fans and their families, as well as citizens in the cities we race. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be back in full force, once the ongoing health crisis and spread of COVID- 19 has subsided.”
Formula E began last year in Saudi Arabia last November, and following that travelled to Morocco for the Marrakesh ePrix. How the Coronivirus will affect the remaining races, and the title of champion, remains to be seen