The FIA and Formula 1 will no longer need the approval of
teams to make changes to the 2020 calendar, given the ongoing coronavirus
The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 has caused severe
disruption on a global scale, with sporting schedules – including Formula 1 – impacted
by the virus.
Formula 1 travelled to Australia and pressed ahead with the
season-opening grand prix before relenting just two hours prior to the first
That event was cancelled, and will not be rescheduled, while
organisers of the Monaco Grand Prix announced on Thursday that its round will
also not take place in 2020.
Further rounds planned for Bahrain (March 22), Vietnam
(April 5), China (April 19), Netherlands (May 3) and Spain (May 10) have been
Formula 1 team bosses convened with championship officials and
FIA representatives on Thursday in order to discuss the current crisis.
It was agreed that the planned 2021 regulation changes will
be delayed by 12 months while teams will continue to use 2020 cars next year as
part of cost-saving measures.
Under Formula 1 regulations any change to the calendar requires
unanimity among teams – once a year has begun – but this approach has now been
scrapped for 2020, given the situation.
“At the meeting there was full support for the plans to
reschedule as many of the postponed races as possible as soon as it is safe to
do so,” said Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey.
“Formula 1 and the FIA will now work to finalise a revised
2020 calendar and will consult with the teams, but as agreed at the meeting the
revised calendar will not require their formal approval.
“This will give us the necessary flexibility to agree
revised timings with affected race promoters and to be ready to start racing at
the right moment.”
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, on June 7, is currently scheduled
to be the first event of the campaign.