Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey has apologised to the fans impacted by the cancellation of the Australian Grand Prix, as well as every other postponed race so far, as he communicates with fans the state of play for the 2020 F1 season.
F1 management and the FIA received criticism for their failure to act quickly to cancel the race after a McLaren team member was tested positive for the coronavirus, with fans already gathering at the track for FP1 before the decision was made.
Even though he, and F1 head of motorsports Ross Brawn, have defended how they eventually came to the decision, Carey has apologised via a released statement on Twitter.
“Dear F1 Fans,” the statement reads.
“We wanted to provide some thoughts and perspectives from last week as we address the coronavirus pandemic.
“First and foremost, our priority is the health and safety of the fans, teams, and organisations of Formula 1, as well as wider society.
“We apologise to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date.
“These decisions are being made by Formula 1, the FIA, and our local promoters in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”
At the moment, there is no confirmed date as to when the 2020 F1 season will actually start, with the Dutch GP in May looking increasingly likely to be postponed, too.
Carey insists the FIA are liaising with all the necessary authorities to make sure the sport commences as quickly as possible - but only if safety can be guaranteed.
“We recognise everyone wants to know what comes next for Formula 1 in 2020. We cannot provide specific answers today given the fluidity of the situation," the statement continued.
“However, we plan to get the 2020 Championship season underway as soon as it’s safe to do so. We are engaging with experts and officials on a daily basis as we evaluate how we go forward in the next few months. We will keep you updated and provide details as soon as possible on Formula1.com.
“We are grateful for your support and understanding and we wish you and your families all the best.”
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