F1 chiefs are set to make the Canadian GP the ninth race of the season to be called off

F1 Grand Prix of Canada

The Formula 1 calendar has been absolutely decimated by the breakout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight races have already been cancelled or postponed since that manic week in Australia that saw the Melbourne curtain-raiser called off only days before the lights went out.

With the entire world in lockdown, F1 chiefs have been scrambling to find ways to fit enough races into the 2020 season but at the moment it is like trying to swim against a tidal wave.

With the pandemic set to reach its global peak in the coming weeks, the powers that be at F1 simply have no timeline as to when it might be safe to go racing again.

Now, per a report in The Sun, it looks as though the Canadian Grand Prix is on the brink of becoming the ninth race of the year to be axed from the calendar.

Canada is still under very strict lockdown regulations and, with the Grand Prix scheduled to take place on June 14, the chances of the race actually happening are looking slimmer by the day.

Two music festivals due to be hosted in Montreal have already been cancelled and Canadian racing driver Patrick Carpentier expects F1 to follow suit due to the travel restrictions on teams like Ferrari.

"Ferrari is an important part of F1, so if they cancelled Melbourne because McLaren was affected by the coronavirus, they will not come to Montreal because Ferrari will not be there.

F1 Grand Prix of Canada

"Right now, it would be very, very, very frowned upon for Ferrari to go racing while nearly 1000 people die there every day.

I hope that the race will happen, but in my opinion, it is impossible

Right now, it is unclear as to when the F1 season might get underway and the odds of them completing what might constitute a full season are certainly not in their favour.

The sport needs races to survive and, without them, the future of the flagFship of motor-racing looks frightfully murky.

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