F1 supremo Chase Carey says ‘soz about Oz’

F1 supremo Chase Carey says ‘soz about Oz’

It will be the first time since 1954 that there has not been a Monaco Grand Prix, part of motor racing's fabled "Triple Crown" which also includes the Le Mans 24 Hour Race and Indy 500.

Former Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey penned a letter to all Formula 1 fans in the wake of the outbreak and the effect it has had on a global level.

But F1, which controls the calendar, said in its statement that both organisations "expect to begin the championship in Europe at the end of May, but given the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Europe in recent days, this will be regularly reviewed".

Team chiefs hope they they will be allowed to return to Britain next week.

The shutdown is usually enforced in August and requires teams to bring a halt to work at their factories for a period of 14 consecutive days during a three-week window.

Monaco is widely regarded as the most important and historic race of the season, while Zandvoort was set to host a Grand Prix for the first time since 1985, with Max Verstappen heading to his home race for the first time.

Regarding the latest postponements, Formula One and the FIA said they were taking these decisions "in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern".

Governing body the FIA and commercial rights holder the F1 Group gave conflicting information in concurrent statements as to the likely next steps.

Ferrari faced the prospect of falling behind its rival teams in developing its 2021 auto as others, including main protagonists Mercedes and Red Bull, were still open for business.

The move has reportedly been met with criticism by some team employees who face an unprecedented calendar which could consist of 19 races in a little over six months - with multiple triple headers being considered.

Multiple F1 sources told Reuters that the teams, FIA and senior Formula One management will discuss further measures in a conference call on Thursday.

'The alternative is to run in August 16th but at this point there would be only two weeks from Hungary.

With the postponement and cancellation of three further races in addition to the Australian, Bahrain and Vietnamese Grands Prix, it means that the season will not start before June at the very earliest.

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