The COVID-19 is causing the cancellation of a lot of local and international events. Today, Formula 1 and the FIA have announced that the Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix will be postponed due to this virus. But there has been another announced a few minutes ago. The Monaco Grand Prix is outright cancelled, and it will no longer be in the 2020 season. This will be the first time since the 1954 season that there will not be the Monaco GP in the F1 calendar.
The announced has been published a few minutes ago and it seems that the decision was made by the Automobile Club de Monaco. This club is the organizer of the Formula 1 event, and, if you pay attention, you can see all the marshals with the name of the organization in the back of their suit. This news is very sad for all F1 fans and motorsport fans in general. Monaco is a track that represents history and, if you ask any person about Formula 1, it is more likely that they will relate the pinnacle of motorsport with the Monaco circuit.
“The current situation concerning the worldwide pandemic and its unknown path of evolution, the lack of understanding as to the impact on the FIA F1 Wold Championship 2020, the uncertainty with regards to the differing measures of confinement as taken by various governments worldwide, the multi-border restrictions for accessing the Principality of Monaco, the pressure on all implicated businesses, their dedicated staff who are unable to undertake the necessary installations, theavailability of the indispensable workforce and volunteers (more than 1500) required for the success of the event means that the situation is no longer tenable.”
“As a result, and after careful consideration as to the gravity of this crisis worldwide, it is with great sadness that the AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE MONACO Board of Directors has taken the decision to cancel the 12th Grand Prix De Monaco Historique (8-10 May 2020) and the 78th Grand Prix de Monaco Formula 1, FIA World Championship (21-24 May 2020).”
“To all the fans, spectators, partners, and our members, the Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere regrets that these two events cannot be postponed and under no circumstances, will it be possible to organize these events later this year.” This was the official announcement made by the organization.
This will not be a traditional season as it was expected. The longest calendar of all F1 history will not happen, as this season was expected to have 22 races (1 more than last year) and, with the cancellation of the Monaco GP, this will mean that, maximum, we will have 21 races in the calendar.