Formula One: Vietnam Grand Prix Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

Ruben Hill
October 19, 2020

A statement on the official race website said: "After numerous discussions among the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile [FIA], Formula One World Championship Ltd, the Hanoi People's Committee, and the Vietnamese Motorsports Association [VMA], the Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation [VGPC] regrets to announce that the 2020 Formula One Vietnamese Grand Prix will be cancelled".

Vietnam Grand Prix officials have given up on hopes of staging their inaugural Formula One race in 2020, describing their decision as "extremely hard but necessary".

But after Shanghai and Melbourne were axed as the coronavirus began to spread across the globe, Vietnam's event was also postponed - throwing the season into chaos.

The announcement from local organisers confirmed the race would not be rescheduled for later in the year.

Last year Vietnam signed a 10-year deal with Formula One to host an event state media said would cost the country $60 million per year.

Later in July, Formula One scrapped all four of the season's races in the Americas due to the pandemic and added three in Europe. It said it will refund all tickets sold.

The cancelation of the Grand Prix was widely expected, after F1 finalized a revised 2020 calendar in August that did not include the Vietnam race.

There are five races remaining this season, starting with the Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimão on 25th October.

Freitas said the decision will take into consideration the epidemiological situation in the region where the event is happening and the type of event in question. The total number of races was cut to 17 from the record 22 originally envisaged and the first eight of the season were held without spectators.

Yesterday, the country hit 2,608 daily cases, the highest number of infections in a single day since the pandemic started, according to DGS, although testing rates have also increased.

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