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Formula One announce postponement of Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prixs

Formula One has announced the upcoming Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix's have now been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This weekend's season-opening race in Australia had already been cancelled last night

“The global situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and very difficult to predict and its right we take time to assess the situation and make the right decisions," Formula 1 Chairman and CEO, Chase Carey said of the situation.

"We are taking this decision with the FIA and our promoters to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Formula 1 and our fans. The Bahrain Grand Prix is an exciting race in our schedule, and we look forward to being back there as soon as we can.

"We are also looking forward to Vietnam’s inaugural race and bringing the spectacle of F1 to one of the most exciting cities in the world.”

FIA President Jean Todt says public safety is paramount:

“Protecting people first. Together with Formula 1, the Bahrain Motor Federation, the Vietnamese Motorsports Association, and the local promoters, postponing both the Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix, as with the Australian Grand Prix, was the only possible decision given all of the information currently available to us.

"We continue to rely on the input and advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and governments and will work with them throughout this unpredictable period to safeguard the fans, competitors and all of the motor sport community.”

It's hoped the season can begin in Europe at the end of May.

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