The first Vietnam Grand Prix, which was originally scheduled to take place in April this year, has finally been cancelled, seven month after it was postponed. It is the final outstanding race from the original 2020 F1 calendar to be called off as a result of the pandemic.
The new addition to the calendar was among the first to be postponed due to the global spread of Covid-19 earlier in the year. Two months ago F1 confirmed its plans for the remaining races of 2020 did not include the event at a new street track in Hanoi.
However the promoters have only now conceded the race will not go ahead this year. In a statement they acknowledged the extremely difficult but necessary decision” had been taken to cancel the race.
“We are unable to welcome the most exciting and prestigious motorsport series on the planet to Vietnam in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation CEO Le Ngoc Chi.
“This was a very difficult decision for all of us to make but ultimately it was the only solution after carefully reviewing all safety criteria as well as the efficiency under current conditions. We thank you for your support and understanding during this uncertain period.”
VGPC promised a full refund for those who purchased tickets to the race.
This article will be updated.
2020 F1 season