The second edition of the FIA motorsport games, set to be held at the Circuit Paul Ricard, have been postponed until 2021, the governing body announced on Tuesday.
Citing the “COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting the world and its expected consequences for motorsport”, the event has been moved back a year from 23-25 October 2020, to 22-24 October 2021.
“The purpose of this measure is to support people working in the motorsport industry, reducing further logistical and financial pressure on them in particular,” the FIA said in a statement. “With all the championships providing competitors to the event needing to revise their race calendars at the end of the year, this will equally help to avoid any potential scheduling clashes.”
“Above all, it will mean that National Sporting Authorities – who are key to this event – can concentrate on handling the inevitable difficulties related to this unprecedented crisis before contemplating taking part in the event in 2021.”
At the same time, Paul Ricard is still scheduled to open the 2020 Formula 1 season with the French Grand Prix on June 28, although given this announcement, the chances of that happening seem increasingly unlikely.