Formula E has temporarily suspended its 2019-20 season in response to the growing Covid-19 pandemic, confirming the cancelation or postponement of two more races.
The series released a statement on Friday morning, revealing that it will not host any races in March or April, and that May is a possibility depending on developments.
The Paris and Seoul E-Prixs, originally scheduled for April 18 and May 3, will not take place on the planned dates, and become the fourth and fifth rounds to be canceled or postponed.
Formula E canceled the Sanya E-Prix early in the Covid-19 outbreak before axing races in Rome and Jakarta in the past week.
It opens up at least a nine-week gap between rounds, with the most recent race having been the Marrakesh E-Prix on Feb. 29.
It’s understood that plans to set up emergency races in safer locations fell through at the last minute, including a proposal to race at Valencia, where the cars are currently being stored, on April 4-5.
As it stands, the only remaining rounds on Formula E’s calendar are those in Berlin, New York City and London, on June 21, July 11 and July 25-26, respectively.
The series has implemented a ‘flag system’ to communicate different time windows for potential races, with red representing no races, yellow showing a possibility, and green going ahead as planned.
Today, it has placed March and April under ‘red flag’ conditions, with May yellow and June and July green.
“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,” commented series founder and chairman Alejandro Agag.
“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.
“The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will be back in full force, once the ongoing health crisis and spread of Covid-19 has subsided.”
The news follows a hectic 36-hour period for motorsport globally that has seen the cancelation of the Australian Grand Prix just hours before track action was supposed to start, plus the cancelation and postponement of different endurance races at Sebring next weekend.