The French Formula One Grand Prix, which was scheduled for June 28 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with organizers planning to stage the British race at Silverstone behind closed doors.
The Formula One season is yet to start, and the French race at the southern circuit is the 10th to be setback by the coronavirus.
The race was due to take place at Circuit Paul Ricard at the end of June, but officials announced this morning, that the decision of the French government to ban all major events until at least the middle of July, coupled with the travel restrictions in place to help contain the spread of coronavirus, meant it will be impossible for the Grand Prix to go ahead as planned.
“Given the evolution of the situation linked to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the French Grand Prix takes note of the decisions announced by the French State making it impossible to maintain our event,” said French GP managing director Eric Boullier.
“The eyes of the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet are already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more unprecedented event at the heart of the Région Sud.
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” Boullier also added.
Formula One Chairman, Chase Carey stated, “We have been in close contact with the French promoter during this evolving situation and while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision taken by the French authorities in France and look forward to being back at Paul Ricard soon.”
By: Muyiwa Aguda