Formula E has confirmed that the Rome E-Prix will be postponed amid the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, which has hit Italy particularly hard.
The Rome E-Prix was originally the seventh round of the championship and had been due to follow the Sanya E-Prix, however that round was cancelled last month following the outbreak.
Italy has seen a large number of cases totalling 3,800 with 41 reported deaths and has closed schools and universities in an attempt to restrict the spread of the virus.
Several countries have also introduced travel restrictions for those flying from or via Italy.
Formula E and the FIA released a joint statement on Friday confirming the postponement of the race, which had been due to take place on April 4.
“As a consequence of the ongoing health emergency in Italy and according to the provisions set out in the ministerial decree concerning measures to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country – which includes sporting events with large crowds and spectators in close proximity – it will no longer be possible to stage the Rome E-Prix on April 4, 2020.
“Formula E, in agreement with the relevant authorities in Rome, EUR S.p.A and together with the FIA and Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI), will work closely with championship partners and stakeholders in order to assess and review alternative options to postpone the Rome E-Prix to a later date once restrictions have been lifted.
“All ticket holders will be contacted through the appropriate channels in the coming days.”