The 2020 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, originally slated for June 12-14, has been postponed, according to an announcement by the organizers of the event on April 7.
The delay comes on the heels of six other grand prix postponements, in addition to two cancellations, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily,” the organizers said in a statement. “…We have heard the directives issued by public health officials and as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic are following the expert guidance provided by the authorities.”
The worldwide crisis has now impacted the first nine races on the series’ 2020 schedule, with the grands prix in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Netherlands, Spain and Azerbaijan all suffering postponements. The races scheduled in Australia and Monaco were outright canceled.
“We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community,” F1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey added. “We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year.:
No make-up date has yet been announced. Mercedes driver and 2019 champion Lewis Hamilton is the defending winner of the race.