2020 Dutch GP officially cancelled

The Chinese virus does in another race
The Chinese virus does in another race

The return of the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix has been officially cancelled for 2020 because of the Chinese virus and there still is no vaccine.

The Netherlands remains subject to tight restrictions on events, and the promoters had made it clear that they had zero interest in holding their first race behind closed doors, having sold out tickets for the event before the coronavirus pandemic.

"We were completely ready for this first race and we still are," Jans Lammers, sports director of the Dutch GP said. "An unbelievable achievement has been made thanks to all the fans, the companies and the governments involved.

"We and Formula 1 have investigated the potential to hold a rescheduled race this year without spectators, but we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands. We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year."

"Due to the worldwide spread of the coronavirus the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix has, as previously announced, been postponed," a statement read.

"Together with the FIA, Formula One Management will determine the schedule for 2021, and with that the new date of the Dutch Grand Prix. Like every year the date will be announced by the FIA by the end of 2020."

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