Virus crisis puts Vietnam’s Formula 1 debut in jeopardy

The inaugural Formula 1 race in Vietnam due to take place on April 5 at a new street circuit in Hanoi may be in jeopardy as the deadly coronavirus spreads in the region.

The promoters of Vietnam’s race say they were “actively monitoring” the potential threat the coronavirus may pose to the country’s debut on the world championship calendar.

“We are actively monitoring the situation as it develops. For now we do not anticipate any significant impact on our April event. We will continue to work with our relevant authorities to closely monitor the situation,” the statement said.

Potential shuffle of race dates mulled

In January, the International Automobile Federation as organisational body of the Grand Prix races said it was prepared to make alterations to its planned schedule of races in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Vietnam has so far eight confirmed cases of the virus. Overall, as of February 4, there were 20,638 cases of the coronavirus. So far, there have been 427 deaths, all but one in China. The virus has already spread to 27 other countries.

The coronavirus has already claimed one major motorsport race as a victim, namely Formula E’s Chinese ePrix, to be held in Sanya, a city on the southern end of Hainan Island. Originally scheduled for March 21, it has now been postponed to an undefined date.

That decision has raised concerns that the Chinese Formula 1 race in Shanghai, scheduled for April 19, will meet a similar fate and also be rescheduled and probably be swapped with the Russian Grand Prix, set for September 27.

The inaugural Formula 1 race in Vietnam due to take place on April 5 at a new street circuit in Hanoi may be in jeopardy as the deadly coronavirus spreads in the region. The promoters of Vietnam’s race say they were “actively monitoring” the potential threat the coronavirus may pose to the country’s debut on the world championship calendar. “We are actively monitoring the situation as it develops. For now we do not anticipate any significant impact on our April event. We will continue to work with our relevant authorities to closely monitor the situation,” the statement said. Potential shuffle...

The inaugural Formula 1 race in Vietnam due to take place on April 5 at a new street circuit in Hanoi may be in jeopardy as the deadly coronavirus spreads in the region.

The promoters of Vietnam’s race say they were “actively monitoring” the potential threat the coronavirus may pose to the country’s debut on the world championship calendar.

“We are actively monitoring the situation as it develops. For now we do not anticipate any significant impact on our April event. We will continue to work with our relevant authorities to closely monitor the situation,” the statement said.

Potential shuffle of race dates mulled

In January, the International Automobile Federation as organisational body of the Grand Prix races said it was prepared to make alterations to its planned schedule of races in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Vietnam has so far eight confirmed cases of the virus. Overall, as of February 4, there were 20,638 cases of the coronavirus. So far, there have been 427 deaths, all but one in China. The virus has already spread to 27 other countries.

The coronavirus has already claimed one major motorsport race as a victim, namely Formula E’s Chinese ePrix, to be held in Sanya, a city on the southern end of Hainan Island. Originally scheduled for March 21, it has now been postponed to an undefined date.

That decision has raised concerns that the Chinese Formula 1 race in Shanghai, scheduled for April 19, will meet a similar fate and also be rescheduled and probably be swapped with the Russian Grand Prix, set for September 27.

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