As the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives around the world, the Formula E and the FIA have announced that the 2019-20 season will be temporarily suspended for a two-month period. The decision has been made in coordination with the relevant local authorities to temporarily freeze races in highly-populated cities.
A flag system is being implemented to determine different phases and time windows where the races could be rearranged or remain unaffected. Red representing no races, yellow keeping the opportunity open and green going ahead as planned.
Months marked as red flags are March and April, with May currently categorized as a yellow flag and both June and July given the green flag, should the situation improve and stabilize.
As a consequence of the suspension, it will no longer be possible to race in Paris and Seoul, or Jakarta as previously announced on the originally scheduled dates.
Formula E will closely monitor the situation and evaluate options to organize and reschedule races following the temporary suspension, the official statement added.
Right now is the time to take responsible actions and this is why we have decided to temporarily suspend the season and move forward with introducing measures to freeze races from taking place over the next two months. Motorsport plays a major part in our lives and it is important, but what is more important is the health and safety of our staff, fans and their families, as well as citizens in the cities we race. – Alejandro Agag, Founder & Chairman, Formula E
“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be back in full force, once the ongoing health crisis and spread of COVID- 19 has subsided,” Agag added.