Monaco Grand Prix will not be held for the first time in 66 yearsMarch 21, 2020
For the first time since 1954, Formula 1 will not be carried out in the Principality of Monaco as a result of a coronavirus.
This year, coronavirus ravaged the world, and its spread led to the cancellation and postponement of numerous automobile exhibitions, the cessation of production of manufacturers and the prohibitions of governments around the world on holding mass events. Even the Nurburgring was forced to close in order to try to curb the spread of the disease, AutoTimesNews reported earlier, and now there is another “victim”.
The news came a few hours after Prince Albert, the reigning monarch of Monaco, was declared infected with the COVID-19 virus. In a press release from the De Monaco Automobile Club, it was announced that international restrictions, pressure on the various companies involved and the requirement of more than 1,500 employees to participate in the Grand Prix made it impossible to hold the event, given the current global events.
While some stages of the Formula 1 season have been postponed, the 78th Monaco Championship will be canceled last, joining the Australian “rookie of the season.” The event was planned to be held on May 21-24, 2020, but the organizers feel that its cancellation is the safest alternative and declare that the event “cannot be postponed and under no circumstances will it be possible to organize the event later this year.”
Currently, Formula 1 has canceled two races of the 2020 season, but also ruled out a traditional break in the middle of the season. This will mean that from the beginning to the end of the 2020 season, teams will be constantly on the move, without interruption. It was also made a unanimous decision to postpone the planned updates to the Formula 1 rules for 2021, which were supposed to shock the sport, and now they will be implemented only from the 2022 season.
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