Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:29

 

Photo Credit:Mercedes.

The 2020 Dutch Grand Prix has been cancelled because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The race, which was set to return to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since 1985, was due to be held on 3 May but was initially postponed.

"We were completely ready for this race and we still are," said Dutch Grand Prix sports director Jan Lammers.

"We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year."

"An unbelievable achievement has been made thanks to all the fans, the companies and the governments involved.

"We and Formula 1 have investigated the potential to hold a rescheduled race this year without spectators, but we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands."

The Dutch Grand Prix's announcement confirmed tickets would remain valid for next year's race and that a date would be announced for 2021 once it had been agreed with the FIA and Formula One.

The 2020 F1 season is due to get back underway on July 5 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria with social distancing measures in place and no fans at the track.