As expected, the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix, which was originally due to be held behind closed doors, has been postponed in light of the recent and drastic outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
This, in turn, means that FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3′s first event of the season will also no longer go ahead.
Both grids had already been testing in Bahrain but two week ago and at that point in time, it looked unlikely the event would be called off.
But considering the speed in which the virus is spreading globally, the FIA have decided it is unsafe for the event to take place.
F2 and F3 CEO Bruno Michel said: “We’re sorry we have to postpone our opening Round at the Bahrain International Circuit, but of course the safety of everyone in our paddock and the fans has to come first.
“We conducted our pre-season tests at Sakhir and we’re looking forward to racing there as soon as possible. “We will communicate a revised 2020 F2 and F3 calendar at a later date.”
This is just one of many events in the sport and motorsport world to be called off with FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA’s race at Sebring this weekend as well as three MotoGP rounds being postponed until later in the year with more cancellations expected.
As of today (Friday 13 March 2020) The F2 and F3 season will begin along with F1 at the Zandvoort Circuit in Holland, but the Dutch authorities may put a stop to that with all sport cancelled until the end of April.