The Coronavirus has hit sport hard this week, causing cancellations throughout the world of sport, with many sports being put on hold for the foreseeable future.
As a sports fan, it is frustrating to see the main source of my weekend entertainment being put on hold for a while but under the circumstances it’s understandable.
However, in motorsport over 75 races have been cancelled or postponed across series worldwide, including F1, MotoGP, NASCAR and WRC.
Formula 1 is the worlds biggest motorsport series and this week took a battering from coronavirus, as the season starting Grand Prix in Australia has now been called off after attempts to keep the race going-ahead broke down as the health risks were too great.
The cancellation of the Australian GP has also led to further cancellations in Formula 1 with the Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix’s both being called off and the Chinese Grand Prix was postponed for now last month.
The new starting date for the Formula 1 season is now said to be around 'late may.'
Thus, meaning that the return of the Dutch Grand Prix will be rescheduled and the Spanish GP is now set to be postponed, along with the Monaco GP (scheduled for May 24) also at threat of being postponed.
The delay to the start of the season may well mean that the season will start in Baku, which at the current time is scheduled for June 7.
Which those involved with Formula 1 are hoping Coronavirus will have done its worst by this stage and the world will be returning to the norm.
If the season is to begin in late May, there will still be plenty of time to get a sufficient number of races to form a proper world championship, which the FIA defines as at least 8 races.
If F1 was to follow its current schedule from May, we’d be looking at a 15-race season, the same amount as the 1983 season, meaning going ahead with the current schedule could be an option.
However, Formula 1 and owners Liberty Media won't want to go down this route as the races that are scrapped from the schedule will cost them millions so it is more realistic that we will see as many races crammed into the schedule as possible.
Due to hosting fees, it is very unlikely we will see the likes of the Bahrain and the Vietnamese GP’s be cancelled completely.
However, the Brazilian GP could be at threat due to it being one of the least favourite races for teams and media due to Sao Paulo’s high crime rate.
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