Baku City Circuit officials have announced following “extensive discussions” with Formula 1 and the FIA it has taken the decision to postpone the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The global coronavirus outbreak has caused severe disruption to the start of the season, with six race postponements and two cancelations thus far.
F1 chiefs are aiming to get the campaign underway in June, the month in which the Baku street race was set to take place.
In a statement published on Monday, the BCC said: “The postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula 1 as well as the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic.
“This comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.
“In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants.
“BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.”
Azerbaijan’s promoters are viewing the possibility of rescheduling the race should the pandemic improve. The circuit hosted its first race in 2016 and has fast become one of the highlights on the F1 calendar.
This has caused a further delay to the 2020 season, which is now currently due to start on June 14 in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.
However, the event has been thrown into uncertainly after Canada’s announcement that it was pulling its athletes from this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.