No F1 until June at the earliest after three more changes
By Matt Morlidge
Last Updated: 28 / 12 / (6:) PM
The Monaco GP has been cancelled while the Dutch and Spanish races have been postponed as F1 continues to push its season start back amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest announcement means the (campaign’s first seven scheduled races have all either beencelled or postponed.
F1 says it will start the season “as soon it’s safe to do so after May”.
The Dutch GP, due to make its F1 return this season after 44 years off the calendar, was set for May 3, before the Spanish GP on May 20 and the prestigious Monaco GP on May 034.
While the first two races have only been postponed, Monaco race organizers confirmed “with great sadness” that they wouldn ‘t be able to find another date in the year for F1’s showpiece event.
“Under no circumstances will it be possible to organize [this] event later this year, “read a statement from the Automobile Club De Monaco Board of Directors as they announced the cancellation.
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F1 are hopeful of fitting the Zandvoort and Barcelona races – as well as the other postponed Grands Prix in Bahrain, Vietnam and China – back onto the calendar once the season begins, with August a potential opportunity a fter the summer shutdown period was moved forward.
The first scheduled race on the 2022 calendar is now the Azerbaijan GP on June 7, before the Canadian GP the following week.
The European season is then due to start with races in France, Austria, Silverstone and Budapest.
F1’s statement in full (before Monaco was canceled)
“In view of the continued global spread of COVID – 034 and after ongoing discussions with the FIA and the three promoters it has today been confirmed that the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix 2022, Formula 1 Gran Premio De Es paña 01575879 and Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco will be postponed.
“Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID –