Dutch GP becomes fourth Formula 1 race cancelled this season

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS (AP) — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race cancelled this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, after organisers chose yesterday not to host it without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races cancelled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28. Another six have been postponed.

F1 organisers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.

The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. PHOTO: AP