Formula E is reportedly set to suspend its current 2019/20 season for a period of two months due to the global onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report from Motorsport.com, the all-electric series, which has already postponed its Sanya and Jakarta rounds, will also bypass its Paris and Seoul races that were scheduled for April 18 and May 3 respectively.
An official announcement is expected after this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus sweeping across the world is a pandemic.
There are now over 118,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in 114 countries around the world.
The outbreak’s upgrade to “pandemic” by the WHO was crucial to Formula E’s decision to put its season on hold until mid-May, a move undertaking with the full support of the FIA.
There’s no doubt that Formula E’s concept of bringing its series to city centers rather than permanent tracks puts it in an even more vulnerable position than traditional motorsport categories.
Formula E’s bold decision to suspend its activities could increase the pressure on Formula 1 to take an equally determined and responsible stance. Over to you Chase Carey…