Formula E has cancelled a third round of its 2019-20 championship due to the spread of the Coronavirus.
A statement issued by Formula E said: “As instructed by the governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan, and in consultation together with Formula E, the FIA, Ikatan Motor Indonesia and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix, it will no longer be possible to race in Jakarta on the scheduled date of June 6th, 2020.
“Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and the escalating number of cases in Indonesia and Jakarta, the decision has been taken as the most responsible course of action, to protect the health and safety of championship participants, staff and spectators.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely with the relevant authorities and the Organising Committee of the Jakarta E-Prix, in order to assess the possibilities of rescheduling the race at a later date.”
Formula E co-founder Alberto Longo said the series is “evaluating contingency plans to lessen the potential impact of coronavirus and maintain the highest possible number of races on the calendar”.
“These include adding double-headers to existing events, using permanent facilities and racing behind closed doors if necessary and advised to do so by local authorities in any given location,” he added. The Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain is believed to be one of the venues under consideration.
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Major races cancelled or postponed due to Coronavirus
|March 6 – March 8||Moto GP||Qatar Grand Prix||Losail International Circuit||Qatar||Due to restrictions on travel from Italy|
|March 13 – March 15||World Superbikes||Qatar||Losail International Circuit||Qatar|
|March 17 – March 17||Ferrari Chellenge UK||Prologue||Donington Park||UK||Postponed to first round at Snetterton on April 17th|
|March 21 – March 21||Formula E||Sanya EPrix||Sanya||China|
|March 20 – March 22||Moto GP||Thailand Grand Prix||Buriram International Circuit||Thailand|
|March 21 – March 22||Super Taikyu||Round one||Suzuka||Japan|
|April 4 – April 4||Formula E||Rome Eprix||Rome||Italy|
|April 4 – April 5||Super Formula||Round one||Suzuka||Japan|
|April 3 – April 5||Ferrari Challenge Europe||Mugello round||Mugello||Italy|
|April 3 – April 5||Moto GP||Americas Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas||USA||Postponed to November 13th-15th|
|April 17 – April 19||Formula 1||Chinese Grand Prix||Shanghai International Circuit||China|
|April 17 – April 19||Porsche Carrera Cup Asia||Shanghai round||Shanghai International Circuit||China||Chinese Grand Prix support race|
|April 17 – April 19||Chinese Formula Four||Shanghai round||Shanghai International Circuit||China||Chinese Grand Prix support race|
|April 17 – April 19||GT World Challenge Europe||Monza round||Monza||Italy||Also GT Sports Club Europe|
|April 17 – April 19||Formula Renault Eurocup||Monza round||Monza||Italy|
|May 6 – May 6||Formula E||Jakarta EPrix||Jakarta||Indonesia|
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5 comments on “Third Formula E race cancelled due to Coronavirus”
11th March 2020, 5:32
Wondering how many more will go.
11th March 2020, 5:57
I think Indonesians are happy. For the longest time, literally every post on FE’s Facebook was inundated with protest posts against the race happening at all.
11th March 2020, 8:30
Not all Indonesians per-se, but Jakartans to be exact.
It was mainly because of flooding, we’ve had more than a couple of times since the start of this year. Arguably one of the worst since the past few years. Considering the amount of money to bring an E-prix here, many were dissatisfied and asks that the government should’ve make drainage / flood management their priority.
Personally I was excited the about the prospect of getting an E-prix, just a bit miffed that the fund has to come from the government and not promotors. But the contract has been signed, and money is spent regardless if there is a race or not. I doubt many locals who are hard against the E-prix knows that it isn’t as easy as tearing the contract in half.
Hearing that the race is postponed is surprising to be honest. It’s still 3 months away, but earlier events like Vietnam GP and Seoul E-prix are still planned as it is.
PS – typo on the timetable, it was scheduled for June 6 not May 6
11th March 2020, 10:36
I heard this race are too political, not purely for sport purpose.
It is wise to cancel the race.
11th March 2020, 10:37
* this race is
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