Organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix have announced that the 2020 edition of the event has been cancelled altogether due to the coronavirus.
Formula 1 officials confirmed on Thursday that the event had been postponed on account of the coronavirus.
But on Thursday evening the Automobile Club de Monaco, which organises both the Formula 1 grand prix and the preceding Historic Grand Prix, confirmed the entire cancellation of proceedings.
It means Monaco will not feature on the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1954.
In a statement the ACM confirmed that “the situation is no longer tenable” due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, travel restrictions regarding access to Monaco, and the implication on circuit build and staff availability.
“As a result, and after careful consideration as to the gravity of this crisis worldwide, it is with great sadness that the Automobile Club de Monaco Board of Directors has taken the decision to cancel the 12th Historic Grand Prix and the 78th Grand Prix de Monaco Formula 1.
“To all the fans, spectators, partners and our members, the Board of Directors wishes to express its sincere regrets that these events cannot be postponed and under no circumstances will it be possible to organise these events later this year.”
Monaco joins the Australian Grand Prix on the list of cancelled Formula 1 events for 2020.
Proposed rounds in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands and Spain are currently postponed.