Vietnam Grand Prix Officials Respond to Inaugural F1 Race Cancellation

Published 03/13/2020, 4:10 PM EDT


The last couple of days has been utterly hectic for the F1 paddock. After McLaren pulled out of the Australian Grand Prix, the GP itself got postponed. Soon after that, the Bahrain Grand Prix and the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix received the same treatment.

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In the wake of the announcement, the Vietnam Grand Prix organisers have finally responded. They started off by wishing luck to the Coronavirus victims and prayed for a quick recovery. The organisers also hope that Formula One allots a new date as soon as possible.

A statement read,  “The decision to postpone the race, which is scheduled to run from April 3-5, comes after extensive consideration of the ongoing and evolving coronavirus situation, as well as the recent WHO statement that the outbreak is a global pandemic ”Is stated in the statement of the VGPC.

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What else did the Vietnam F1 Grand Prix organisers say?

The statement also revealed that they are following the advice from all relevant authorities. At the end of the day, they top priority is the health and well-being of Vietnamese people, foreign F1 fans, staff and participants.

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The Vietnam organisers admitted that their hearts go out to the people who have been directly and indirectly affected. In addition to that, they apologised to the people who were disappointed by this announcement.

They knew that the fans were looking forward to an exciting inaugural race in Vietnam. The statement concluded, “In the meantime, we would like to thank all supporters, customers and fans for their understanding and we hope to welcome you to the Hanoi Circuit in the near future.”

With the virus plaguing the entire world, sporting events have practically come to a standstill. Football, tennis, cricket, Formula One, Formula E, MotoGP, and several others, have suspended all activity until the crisis is over. Sadly, there are still a few sporting events and series, that have not got the hint yet

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The opening 4 F1 races are not the only ones in danger, the entire F1 calendar is potentially in jeopardy. Evidently, a lot of people and local governments have realised the gravity of the situation.

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