Chinese Grand Prix Postponed By Coronavirus Outbreak

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The Race in Shanghai was originally due to take place on 19 April

The Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed following the coronavirus epidemic.

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for Formula 1 has accepted a plea from Chinese organisers to postpone the race, which was supposed to take place in mid April.

In a statement, it added all parties would take the “appropriate amount of time” to discuss potential new dates.

The decision has been made to “ensure the health and safety” of drivers, staff and fans.

“The Chinese Grand Prix has long been an important part of the F1 calendar with many passionate fans,” the statement continued.

“The FIA F1 community looks forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wishes everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”

Ross Brawn, who is the managing director of F1 had previously said that there would be efforts to reschedule the race if it could not be held on the original date.

“We will leave open the opportunity to see if the race can run later in the year,” he said.

“China is an enthusiastic, growing market so we’d like to have a race in China.”

The last time an F1 race was postponed came back in 2011, when the Bahrain Grand Prix was affected by the Arab Spring uprisings.

The starting intention was to run the race later in the year but the teams were opposed to the idea and eventually this race was cancelled.

There has been more than 40,000 cases of the new coronavirus strain worldwide, and it has now been declared a global health emergency.

The current death toll in China stands at 1,016.

Earlier this month, sports authorities in Shanghai recommended the suspension of all sporting events in the city.

The Shanghai Sports General Association has instructed various sports bodies to suspend events until the threat from the virus is over.

They were told to “formulate a plan for epidemic prevention to avoid internal infections” and to “implement a daily hygiene management system and strengthen health education to urge employees to protect themselves”.

The coronavirus outbreak has already led to a number of sporting events in China being cancelled. This includes the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, which was scheduled to place from the 13 to 15 March, and a race of the all-electric Formula E series in Sanya which was supposed to happen the following weekend.

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