The Bahrain Grand Prix 2020 has been postponed, it has been announced.
Bahrain International Circuit made the decision in light of the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Earlier today, the Australian Grand Prix was also called off. Vietnam, which was due to host the Formula 1 weekend at the start of April, has also postponed its event.
Formula 1 chairman and CEO, Chase Carey, said: “The global situation regarding COVID-19 is fluid and very difficult to predict and its right we take time to assess the situation and make the right decisions.
“We are taking this decision with the FIA and our promoters to ensure the safety of everyone involved in Formula 1 and our fans.
“The Bahrain Grand Prix is an exciting race in our schedule, and we look forward to being back there as soon as we can.
“We are also looking forward to Vietnam’s inaugural race and bringing the spectacle of F1 to one of the most exciting cities in the world.”
The Formula 1 season is now expected to kick off in Europe at the end of May, but this will be regularly reviewed by organisers in light of the sharp increase of COVID-19 cases in recent days.