Campaign could still include 18 races, maintains hopeful F1 boss

Ruben Hill
March 25, 2020

"However, we plan to get the 2020 Championship season underway as soon as it's safe to do so". As revealed in an official statement, the Baku City Circuit confirmed that the competition has been put off because of the coronavirus infection, saying there has not been any other reason to cancel the event other than the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which was due on June 7, is the eighth amongst Formula 1 races postponed following the coronavirus pandemic spreading its tentacles around the world.

It was devised by esports company Veloce, co-founded Formula E champion Jean Eric Vergne, who in the space of 48 hours managed to organise a virtual Australian Grand Prix last weekend.

Questions are now being asked about whether Formula One, with rounds still to come in Asia, the Americas, Middle East and Europe, will be able to hold even the minimum eight races needed to make a championship. With sporting events now on hold around the world, it's great that the official F1® video game can help fill the void by bringing together an exciting line-up of talent to race online during the postponed race weekends.

After the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been officially cancelled and Canada's GP will nearly certainly not be the start of the F1 season, all eyes are now on the French Grand Prix.

The saying "desperate times call for desperate measures" was on full display in the world of Formula 1 on March 22, as the highest class of auto racing went completely virtual.

The organisers further stated that the health of the Azerbaijani people, F1 fans, the teams and drivers.

In the meantime, the F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix will run through May, but the possibility exists to extend the virtual races if actual racing hasn't returned to normal due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season".

"We recognise there is significant potential for additional postponements in now scheduled events, nonetheless we and our partners fully expect the season to start at some point this summer, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races".

Chase did provide some optimism for race fans, suggesting the idea that due to the season being postponed the company will have the opportunity to adapt and focus more on content and other areas.

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