Azerbaijan Grand Prix axed as Formula One bosses fighting to save 2020 season

Formula One bosses are fighting to salvage the 2020 season after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix became the latest race to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

The deadly disease has wreaked havoc on sporting schedules all over the globe and, prior to Monday's announcement, F1 had already called off the opening seven races of the season.

It was hoped that the Baku showdown, which was scheduled for June 7, would belatedly kick off the season.

But Baku City Circuit promoters have now announced the postponement of their race, pushing the start of the 2020 season back to June 14 at the earliest.

Seven grands prix – Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Azerbaijan – have now been postponed, while F1's showpiece event, the Monaco Grand Prix, has been cancelled altogether.

Baku organisers said they would work closely with F1 and governing body the FIA "with a view to announcing a new race date later in 2020".

The statement added: "BCC shares its fans disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June.

"The thoughts of everyone at Baku City Circuit during this challenging and unprecedented situation go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the coronavirus pandemic."

This decision leaves the Canadian Grand Prix as the first race on the schedule that has not yet been axed.

However, the Montreal showpiece is also in serious doubt after Canada became the first major country to withdraw from this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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