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Canadian GP becomes ninth Formula 1 race to be called off this season

Canadian GP becomes ninth Formula 1 race to be called off this season

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Canadian GP becomes ninth Formula 1 race to be called off this season

Canadian GP becomes ninth Formula 1 race to be called off this season

The Canadian Grand Prix has joined Formula 1's growing list of races to be called off.

As correctly predicted by GPFans, the June 12-14 event at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is now the ninth race to fall by the wayside this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the organisers read: "This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily.

“Over the past month, we have been in constant communication with Formula 1 and representatives from the city of Montreal, Tourism Montreal and both provincial and federal governments.

“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.

“Our thoughts and most sincere thanks go to the men and women working tirelessly to keep us healthy, safe and fed during these uncertain times.”

Canada now joins Bahrain, Vietnam, China, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan in being postponed, while Australia and Monaco have been cancelled completely.

It means the French GP on June 26 now provisionally becomes the first race of the season, although that is also expected to be axed due to the situation in the country.

Remaining as upbeat as ever, F1 CEO Chase Carey said: “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.

“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.”

Canadian GP CEO and promoter Francois Dumontier recognised the role the F1 teams have been playing in their attempts to conquer the coronavirus.

Dumontier said: “I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis.

“At the moment it is crucial that all of our energies be put together to overcome COVID-19.

“We will welcome you with open arms at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as soon as it is safe to do so.’’

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