Coronavirus strikes again!
2020 has seen the world ravaged by the coronavirus, with the spread resulting in the cancellation and postponement of numerous car shows, manufacturers ceasing production, including Ferrari's roadgoing operations like the new F8 Tributo, and world governments implementing bans on group gatherings. Even the Nurburgring has had to shut down operations to try and curb the spread of the disease, and now, there's another victim. For the first time since 1954, Formula 1 will not be hosted in the Principality of Monaco as a result of the disease.
The news comes just hours after Prince Albert, the reigning monarch of Monaco, was announced as having tested positive for COVID-19. In a press release from the Automobile Club De Monaco, the club stated multi-border restrictions, pressure on various implicated businesses, and the requirement of more than 1,500 staff to run the Grand Prix have made the event impossible to run given the current global events.
While some legs of the Formula 1 season have been delayed, the 78th Monaco GP is the latest to be canceled, joining the Australian season-opener. It was due to be hosted over the 21-24 May 2020, but the organizers feel canceling the event is the safest alternative. They go on further to state that the event "cannot be postponed and under no circumstances will it be possible to organize the event later in the year". The cancelation also affects another event, the 12th Grand Prix De Monaco Historique, which was due to be hosted by the principality from 8-10 May.
At present, Formula 1 has canceled two of the 2020 season's races but has also brought forward the traditional midseason break. This will mean that when, or rather if, the 2020 season does get underway, teams will be continually on the move and will not take a hiatus midway through. There has also been a unanimous decision to delay the planned 2021 F1 rules which were due to shake up the sport substantially, and these will now be implemented from the 2022 season only.