Formula 1 cancels races in Azerbaijan, Singapore, Japan

AFP – Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan were cancelled yesterday because of issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s governing body said it still hopes to deliver up to 18 races in the rearranged 2020 season, with the first eight already confirmed starting with a double-header in Austria in early July.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was due to be rescheduled after the postponement of its original race date on June 7, while the Singapore Grand Prix was scheduled for September 20. Both use street circuits, and the FIA said the long lead times required to construct them “made hosting the events during a period of uncertainty impossible.”

This 2019 file photo shows drivers at the start of the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix night race. PHOTO: AFP