COVID19: Vietnam's F1 Grand Prix deferred

COVID19: Vietnam's F1 Grand Prix deferred

Agency News

Following the cancellation of Formula 1 in Australia and Bahrain, Vietnam also decided to postpone the racing event.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Organisers of Vietnam's first Formula 1 Grand Prix have announced the postponement of the racing event scheduled in April amid the coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed more than 5,000 people worldwide.

"This has been a very difficult decision to reach," the organisers said in a statement on Friday night.

It is unclear when the third-round race, originally set from April 3 to 5, will be rescheduled, or when ticket buyers, sponsors and partners will be informed of updates. The announcement follows similar moves from other sporting groups, as the pandemic affects an array of events from basketball championships to football league tournaments on an unprecedented scale worldwide.

Before Friday's announcement, the organisers had not commented about a possible postponement, even as the number of coronavirus cases in Vietnam escalated after a previously successful containment strategy.