Formula E has officially postponed the 2020 Rome E-Prix amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The April 4 event was due to be the next round of the championship, but now becomes the second FE event to be postponed by the virus , as the Sanya E-Prix in China was also officially postponed last month.
A statement issued by FE read: “As a consequence of the ongoing health emergency in Italy and according to the provisions set out in the ministerial decree concerning measures to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country – which includes sporting events with large crowds and spectators in close proximity – it will no longer be possible to stage the Rome E-Prix on April 4, 2020.
“Formula E, in agreement with the relevant authorities in Rome, EUR S.p.A and together with the FIA and Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI), will work closely with championship partners and stakeholders in order to assess and review alternative options to postpone the Rome E-Prix to a later date once restrictions have been lifted.
“All ticket holders will be contacted through the appropriate channels in the coming days.”
The announcement from FE raises further doubt for the remainder of the 2019-20 calendar.
Thought to be most at risk are the successive inaugural Seoul (South Korea, May 3) and Jakarta (Indonesia, 6 June) events given their proximity to China, and the rapidy increasing number of cases of the virus in those countries.