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Azerbaijan Grand Prix Becomes Latest F1 Postponement

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Formula One’s wild card race known as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku becomes the latest grand prix weekend postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Both the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic confirmed Monday the grand prix weekend once slated to commence June 5-7 will not take place. They’ve set their eyes on rescheduling the 3.730-mile street circuit at a later date.

In their statement, their decision was entirely based on expert guidance that was provided by relevant authorities.

“BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula 1, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.”

In just three years, the Baku City Circuit have produced unforgettable and shock value fans have craved up and drivers endure. For now, all parties recommends the fans to stay safe and home at all costs.

Additionally, Formula One CEO Chase Carey opened up about the ongoing crisis and what the sport’s intentions are going forward.

Among the discusses approved between F1, all ten team principles, and the FIA were moving the Summer Break to March and April and moving the Technical Regulations from 2021 to 2022.

Perhaps most importantly, the extra flexibility needed to reschedule those affected races which excludes both the Australian and Monaco Grand Prix as those are officially canceled.

“At the meeting there was full support for the plans to reschedule as many of the postponed races as possible as soon as it is safe to do so,” Carey said. “Formula 1 and the FIA will now work to finalise a revised 2020 calendar and will consult with the teams, but as agreed at the meeting the revised calendar will not require their formal approval. This will give us the necessary flexibility to agree revised timings with affected race promoters and to be ready to start racing at the right moment.”

Monday’s announcement meant the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, will now be the slated season opener of the sport’s long awaited 70th season June 14. If it stands, it’ll be the first time since the 1991 United States Grand Prix in Phoenix that an F1 season begins on North American soil.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.