Formula E has confirmed that the 2019-20 season will be suspended for 2 months due to the ongoing threat of Coronavirus.
The decision which was made in collaboration with the FIA and various local authorities comes following the World Health Organisation’s declaration of a pandemic as the virus continues to cause threats to health across the globe.
The 2-month suspension means that the Seoul E-Prix and Paris E-Prix will join the list of those already postponed: Sanya E-Prix, Rome E-Prix, and Jakarta E-Prix. These events fall within a red flag period on the race calendar. The red flag indicates it will not be possible for races to go ahead between March and April.
The situation will change to a yellow flag in May before finally going green again in June and July, just in time for the Berlin E-Prix, New York E-Prix and returning London E-Prix. These events are set to take place as scheduled on the original race calendar.
Founder and Chairman of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, said: “Motorsport plays a major part in our lives and it is important, but what is more important is the health and safety of our staff, fans and their families, as well as citizens in the cities we race. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be back in full force, once the ongoing health crisis and spread of COVID-19 has subsided.”
If the situation does not stabilise, there is every chance the time periods around the flag system could change. Formula E has said that they will continue to work alongside the FIA and relevant local authorities to closely monitor the situation.
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