Formula E has cancelled its round in China, which was due to take place in March, due to the spread of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus originated in Wuhan, which lies 700 kilometres north of Sanya, where Formula E was scheduled to race next month.
“In view of the continued spread of coronavirus and after close consultation with the relevant departments of Hainan Province and Sanya Municipal Government, Formula E – together with the FIA, the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF), and regional partner Enova Holdings – have jointly decided not to race in Sanya on the scheduled date of March 21, 2020,” the championship announced in a statement.
“Given the current growing health concerns and with the World Health Organisation declaring the coronavirus an international emergency, Formula E has taken the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of its travelling staff, championship participants and spectators, which remains of paramount importance.”
The organisers are prepared to reschedule the race if it is possible to hold it later in the season. “We are working closely with our regional partner and the local authorities in Hainan Province and Sanya Municipal Government, to continue monitoring the situation as it develops,” the statement continued. “All parties will take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates should the situation improve.”
The cancellation of the race, as well as other major international sporting events in China, will cast further doubt on whether Formula 1’s Chinese Grand Prix can go ahead at the Shanghai International Circuit in April.
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
- Misano replaces Rome street track on Formula E’s final 2024 calendar
- De Vries to race in WEC for Toyota alongside Formula E comeback
- NIO Formula E team rebrands as Electric Racing Technology for 2024 season
- Formula E’s 2024 field is complete but questions marks remain over calendar
- De Vries ready to fight for Formula E titles again after “hurt” of losing F1 drive
Browse all Formula E articles