The 2020 running of Formula 1’s Vietnam Grand Prix has been officially cancelled, organisers announced on Friday.
The championship was due to race at a semi-permanent street circuit, located on the outskirts of capital city Hanoi, in April.
But the event was postponed in mid-March as the Covid-19 pandemic worsened and it did not feature in any subsequent changes to the calendar.
The finalised 2020 roster, released in July, confirmed the ommission of Vietnam by Formula 1 chiefs but the event officially remained postponed.
It has now been formally cancelled, allowing organisers to start processing refunds for those who had purchased tickets.
“We are unable to welcome the most exciting and prestigious motorsport series on the planet to Vietnam in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Le Ngoc Chi, CEO of the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation.
“This was a very difficult decision for all of us to make but ultimately it was the only solution after carefully reviewing all safety criteria as well as the efficiency under current conditions.
“We thank you for your support and understanding during this uncertain period.”