The growing coronavirus epidemic, which is spreading from China, has put at risk international sporting events in the country, including motorsports. On February 2, the FIA issued an official statement that Formula E, together with the FIA, the Automobile and Motorcycle Federation of the People's Republic of China (CAMF) and regional partner Enova Holdings, jointly decided not to race in Sanya on the scheduled date of March 21, 2020. The postponing the stage to another date is possible, but only if it doesn’t threaten the participants, fans and other structures of the championship.
As for Formula 1 race in Chine, no decision has been made yet. The F1 Chinese GP 2020 is planned on April 19, so in less than 3 months.
Obviously, 2,5 months can’t guarantee that the epidemic will stop or its traces will not remain. At the moment, many countries have suspended air and rail links to China, and travel agencies are canceling tours and hotel reservations. It’s difficult to predict exactly what will happen before April. The situation with the spread of the virus can develop in different ways.
However, the Formula E race in March is canceled. Probably, within one-two weeks, the FIA will announce the cancellation/postponement of the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix. In addition, if the Federation makes such a decision, there will be another problem – a four weeks break in the championship calendar. Since the previous race before China is the Grand Prix of Vietnam on April 5, and the next one is only on May 3 – the Grand Prix of Nederland. So, it’s possible that the FIA will have to urgently postpone any summer or autumn Grand Prix to this date.