The coronavirus epidemic continues to play havoc with sport on a global scale, with Formula E organisers announcing that the Rome ePrix next month has been postponed until further notice.
Formula 1 has already been forced to abandon going to China for the Grand Prix that was scheduled for 19 April and was to be Round 4 of this year’s world championship.
The entire calendar is now at risk as the coronavirus continues to spread with no signs that the end of the situation is in sight, while the second epicentre in Italy poses huge problems for F1 as a large section of the paddock is based in the north of the country where life has changed drastically in recent weeks.
Statement on the 2020 Rome E-Prix:
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.