The coronavirus has resulted in the postponement and cancellation of sporting events around the world, notably Formula 1, Formula E and MotoGP.
Other series have also suspended racing in response to the coronavirus, as large public gatherings will inevitably increase the risk of transmission between hosts.
As situations react to the ever-changing effect that the COVID-19 virus will inevitably have on the world of motorsport, this story will be updated with cancellations and postponements if ever later.
When will the 2020 Formula 1 season start?
At this point, it is not yet known when the first final race of the 2020 F1 season will be.
As the coronavirus outbreak is generally considered to originate from the city of Wuhan, the Chinese Grand Prix was quickly postponed in the interest of public health.
The Australian Grand Prix was canceled on Friday of its race weekend after a member of the McLaren team tested positive for the coronavirus.
Seven other members of the F1 paddock were also tested, but their results turned out to be negative.
Australian Grand Prix Commission chairman Andrew Westacott has suggested that, despite the official cancellation, the race could be rescheduled for later in the year.
The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix have also been postponed following the escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort as the opening of the de facto season.
However, it has been suggested that F1 abandons the opening trio of European races, which means that Zandvoort, Barcelona and Monaco will face the problem if the coronavirus crisis continues to worsen.
This means that the season would open in June with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, a week before the peloton travels to Montreal for its Canadian round.
Australian Grand Prix – Albert Park – March 15
Bahrain Grand Prix – Sakhir – 22 March
Vietnam Grand Prix – Hanoi – 5 April
Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai – 19 April
These postponements also affect the Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships, which are included in the F1 support bill. Bahrain was to be the first round for both categories, but is currently scheduled as Zandvoort.
When will the MotoGP 2020 season start?
Dorna Sports and the FIM were undoubtedly the most proactive motorsport organizations during this difficult period, with constant communication from both sides regarding the current situation of MotoGP.
A week before the start of the season in Qatar, the tightening of quarantine restrictions imposed on Italian travelers – who make up a large majority of the paddock – led Dorna to no other choice than to abandon the race in Qatar – despite his hopes of obtaining everything necessary to start the race in the country on a charter flight departing from Nice.
As more and more countries responded to COVID-19, the second, third and fourth rounds of MotoGP in Thailand, America and Argentina were all postponed.
MotoGP has already found slots for these races, with the exception of Qatar, which will not appear this year due to the Losail circuit undergoing essential track work in the coming months.
The calendar backend is now incredibly crowded, with eight races in 10 weeks. There is a risk that this could put too much pressure on the paddock.
The season is now set to start on May 3 in Spain in Jerez – although this is very likely to change, with various regions of Spain now in quarantine.
Dorna and the FIM hope to participate in the 19 remaining races and are ready to continue the season until January if necessary, while weekends and two-race races at rescue sites are also under consideration.
While chaos reigned in F1, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and FIM President Jorge Viegas have both published Q&A in the past 48 hours updating the world on its current plans.
MotoGP 2020 calendar updated:
Spanish Grand Prix – May 3
Grand Prix of France – May 17
Italian Grand Prix – May 31st
Catalan Grand Prix – June 7
German Grand Prix – 21st of June
Dutch TT – June 28
Finnish Grand Prix – July 12
Czech Grand Prix – August 9
Austrian Grand Prix – August 16
British Grand Prix – August 30
San Marino Grand Prix – September 13
Grand Prix of Aragon – September 27
Thai Grand Prix – October 4
Japanese Grand Prix – October 18
Australian Grand Prix – October 25
Malaysian Grand Prix – November, 1st
Grand Prix of the Americas – November 15
Argentine Grand Prix – November 22
Valencia Grand Prix – November 29
When will the 2019-2020 Formula E season resume?
As it stands, the Formula E season has been suspended for two months amid the coronavirus crisis.
The Sanya E-Prix was the first to be postponed until the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, followed by the E-Prix in Rome after the spread intensified dramatically in northern Italy – which means the country is locked out.
After the last announcement of Formula E, the race in Paris, with the new arrivals from the Seoul and Jakarta calendar, was also postponed until further notice.
The next E-Prix should be the race at Berlin Tempelhof Airport, but the series is monitoring the situation if other rounds are canceled.
E-Prix Sanya – China – March 21 – postponed
E-Prix de Rome – Italy – April 4 – postponed
Paris E-Prix – France – April 18 – postponed
Seoul E-Prize – South Korea – May 3 – postponed
Jakarta E-Prix – Indonesia – June 6 – postponed
When will the 2019-2020 World Endurance Championship season resume?
Following the cancellation of the Sebring 1000 Miles event, the World Endurance Championship now has only two events on the calendar: the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Spa round being scheduled for the end of April, it could be threatened given the emergency measures taken by Belgium to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
In these measures, all large gatherings must be postponed, while public places such as bars, cafes and restaurants must be closed until April 3.
It is not known whether these measures will continue beyond this point.
Although the Le Mans event will not take place until mid-June, the ACO should ask if it is postponed due to the escalation of the current health crisis.
When will the world rally championship resume?
The World Rally Championship has so far taken place without any interference from the Coronavirus, with its opening event in Monte Carlo in January, the Rally of Sweden in February and the Rally of Mexico City this weekend at the right time – although six-time WRC champion Sébastien Ogier objected. compete in Mexico given the events taking place around the world.
However, the WRC could not escape the forced cancellations by the coronavirus forever, as the last day of the Rally Mexico was interrupted to help people working in the paddock get home before travel restrictions.
The fifth round in Argentina, originally scheduled for late April, was also suspended after the country placed a temporary ban on international sporting events.
With the cancellation of the WRC round in Chile next month due to social and political unrest in the country, the series now plans to lay off more than two months after the conclusion of the event in Mexico.
All is well, the season should resume Portugal from May 21 to 24.
Argentina Rally – April 30-May 1
Elsewhere in the rally world, the opening of next month’s World Rallycross season in Barcelona has been postponed. We do not know if the event in Portugal, after a fortnight later, will suffer the same fate. The season of the Titans Rallycross Europe series is also on hold and will not be planning a trip to Canada this year to free up space for the postponed heats.
What’s going on with NASCAR?
NASCAR has desperately attempted to continue its current season as planned by hosting the Atlanta race this weekend and the weekend’s Homestead-Miami event behind closed doors.
But, as the US government finally declared COVID-19 a national emergency, these plans were canceled. It is not known what will happen in the future, and it is hard to imagine that the March 29 race in Texas will continue. As it stands, it currently maintains its calendar location.
The flagship series of the NASCAR series should end on the weekend of November 8 with its playoff final in Phoenix.
Honor folds Quik Trip 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway – March 15
Dixie Vodka 400 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – March 22
When will IndyCar resume?
The IndyCar 2020 season won’t start until May at least, after the series has canceled its first four events in St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama, Long Beach and the Circuit of the Americas.
There was hope that the opening round of the season this weekend in St. Petersburg would begin, after it was originally announced that it would take place behind closed doors, while the track action for IndyCar would be limited to Saturday and Sunday.
Series boss Mark Miles hopes to start the campaign in Indianapolis on May 9 with the 104th Indy 500 two weeks later. Miles said the series is “absolutely focused on May” to be ready on a “normal schedule”.
St. Petersburg, Florida – March 15
Barber Motorsport Park, Birmingham, Alabama – April 5
Long Beach, California – April 19
Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas – April 26
How will the coronavirus affect other international events?
Although DTM has so far made no changes to its racing calendar, it has canceled the pre-season test which is scheduled to take place from March 16-19 in Hockenheim.
Originally scheduled to take place in Monza, the test was moved to Germany while Italy faced a national lockout and would not be open to spectators.
The Passenger Car World Cup has canceled its first round at the Hungaroring, which is scheduled to take place from April 24 to 26, as measures by the Hungarian government prohibit gatherings of more than 500 people until further notice.
In Japan, the opening of the Super Formula season scheduled for April 4 has also been postponed, while the organizers of the SUPER GT series are confident of organizing the opening of the season from April 11 to 12 in Okayama.
Currently, the two major international motorcycle road races – the North West 200 in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man TT – will take place as planned.
NW200 organizers released an update last week, insisting as much, while the Isle of Man government said that no decision on this year’s TT has yet been made, but that preparations continued.
Has the British Passenger Car Championship been canceled?
On March 13, the British Touring Car Championship issued the following statement, stating that all rounds would continue as normal unless changed in circumstances.
“Following updated advice from the government, TOCA confirms that its next BTCC events should take place as planned,” the statement said.
“Our position follows yesterday’s announcement by the British government that no restrictions on outdoor events are being introduced at the moment.
“It also reflects the overwhelming desire of the BTCC teams, our fans and the circuits for the events to take place – unless of course a change in circumstances dictates otherwise.
“We will continue to work closely with the circuits to ensure that our events take place in as safe an environment as possible, for all staff and fans who attend.”
How will the coronavirus affect national races?
Motorsport UK President David Richards said the organization continues to monitor the situation and will respond accordingly.
So far, advice from the British government has not expanded to prevent large rallies, and Richards says there is currently no need to pre-empt decisions.
However, if these boards were to change and close the events with a particularly dense crowd, Richards said Motorsport UK would comply with the guidelines.
MotorSport Vision by Jonathan Palmer, which operates a number of circuits in the UK, has ensured that tickets purchased for any postponed event are also available for the postponed dates.