Formula E and the FIA has today announced that the championship’s present Season 6 campaign will be temporarily postponed amidst the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus.
Formula E’s reaction to the coronavirus outbreak began with the postponement of the Sanya E-Prix while further delays to races in Rome and Jakarta were announced earlier this month.
With COVID-19 now declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, Formula E has implemented a flag system to determine phases and windows where races remain unaffected or could be re-arranged to, with red representing no racing, yellow an open opportunity, and green signifying no impact.
At present, the months of March and April have been classified as red while May is in a yellow status. June and July are the only two green flag months.
As such, Formula E will not hold races in Paris or Seoul, previously scheduled on April 18 and May 3.
“Right now is the time to take responsible actions and this is why we have decided to temporarily suspend the season and move forward with introducing measures to freeze races from taking place over the next two months,” said Alejandro Agag, Founder & Chairman of Formula E.
“Motorsport plays a major part in our lives and it is important, but what is more important is the health and safety of our staff, fans and their families, as well as citizens in the cities we race.
“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be back in full force, once the ongoing health crisis and spread of COVID- 19 has subsided.”
This news follows the cancellation of Formula 1’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Other calendar changes have also taken place in the worlds of IMSA, IndyCar and WEC, impacting competition in the United States.