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Formula 1 Postpones Chinese Grand Prix Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix that was scheduled for April 17-19 has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Formula 1 and the FIA announced Wednesday (Feb. 12).

Juss Sports Group, the promoter for the Chinese Grand Prix, requested the postponement after talks with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports.

FIA and Formula 1 accepted the postponement request to keep staff, championship participants and fans healthy and safe.

The sanctioning body will continue to work with the teams, race promoter, CAMF and local authorities to monitor the situation. It will consider potential alternative dates later in the year if there are improvements.

“The Chinese Grand Prix has always been a very important part of the F1 calendar and the fans are always incredible,” Formula 1 officials said in a statement. “We all look forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wish everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”

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