Formula E: COVID-19 forces suspension of championship

The Formula E championship has suspended its season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the all-electric series said on Friday.

Races in Rome and China’s Sanya have already been postponed while Indonesia’s capital city Jakarta on Wednesday delayed a race scheduled for June 6 over concerns about the virus.

Earlier on Friday, Formula 1’s season was thrown into turmoil with the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix due to the coronavirus, which has killed over 4,900 people globally.

“As has been reported recently in Europe especially and across the world, the increase of COVID-19 cases continue to rise on a daily basis and experts are saying it is expected to peak in the next month,” Formula E said in a statement.

“For this reason, we have decided to temporarily suspend the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship. This decision has not been taken lightly, but we feel it is an essential one to protect the health and wellbeing of staff, teams, partners and suppliers — as well as their families — who travel together with Formula E.”

Formula E said it would remain under “red flag” conditions in March and April, meaning that the Paris race on April 18 was also postponed.

“We will then move to a “yellow flag” in May, with Seoul no longer possible to be staged on the original date of May 3 while keeping the option open to potentially rearranging races later that month depending on developments,” it added.

Formula E said it hoped to host races in June and July and potentially add additional rounds depending on the situation.

Major international motorsport events affected by COVID-19 at time of publishing:

  • Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15 cancelled.
  • Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on March 22, no spectators.
  • Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 postponed.
  • Formula E season suspended until further notice
  • 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida on March 21-22 postponed to November.
  • NASCAR: Atlanta 500 on March 15; Miami 400 on March 22, no spectators.
  • Qatar MotoGP in Doha on March 8 cancelled.
  • Thailand MotoGP in Buriram on March 22 postponed to Oct. 4.
  • Aragon MotoGP in Spain moved from Oct. 4 to Sept. 27.
  • Americas MotoGP in Austin, Texas on April 5 postponed to Nov. 15.
  • Argentina MotoGP in Termas de Rio Hondo on April 19 postponed to Nov. 22.
  • Valencia MotoGP in Spain on Nov. 15 moved to Nov. 29.
  • World Superbikes Qatar Round in Lusail on March 15 postponed.
  • World Superbikes Spanish Round in Cadiz on March 29 postponed to Oct. 25.
  • World Superbikes French Round in Magny-Cours on Sept. 27 postponed to Oct. 4.