French President Emmanuel Macron released a statement earlier this month stating that due to the corona virus their lockdown has been prolonged until May 11th. With this the president has also placed a stop to all Festivals until Mid July.
With this in place the French grand prix which would have taken place at Le Castellet on the 28th June has now been cancelled.
Eric Boullier, Managing Director of the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet: “Given the evolution of the situation linked to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the French Grand Prix takes note of the decisions announced by the French State making it impossible to maintain our event. The eyes of the GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet are already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more original event in the heart of the Southern Region. “
Chase Carey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Formula 1: ” We have been in close contact with the French promoter during this evolving situation and while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision taken by the French authorities in France and look forward to being back at Paul Ricard soon.”
For all 2020 Grand Prix de France ticket holders, the reimbursement terms will be specified shortly on the website www.gpfrance.com. The GIP Grand Prix de France – Le Castellet shares the disappointment of the spectators who had reserved their seats for this edition and undertakes to facilitate the reimbursement of each ticket as well as the ancillary services marketed on its site (i.e. camping, shuttle, parking).
ROKiT Williams Racing have released a statement on the 06/04/2020 highlighting their current position with their employees in respect to combating Covid-19 and their cost cutting measures. Their official statement is below.
"Due to the ongoing situation involving Covid-19, ROKiT Williams Racing is temporarily furloughing a number of employees as part of a wider range of cost-cutting measures.
The furlough period will last until the end of May whilst senior management, and our drivers, have taken a pay cut of 20% effective from 1st April.
These decisions have not been taken lightly, however our aim is to protect the jobs of our staff at Grove and ensuring they can return to full-time work when the situation allows."
Due to the current situation the world finds its self in, there has been another race on the calender to be postponed. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the Canadian GP, was scheduled to race on the 14th June has been postponed according to Chase Carey who says there will be a race later this year at the venue.
He goes on to say;
"We have been working closely with our friends at the Canadian Grand Prix over the past few weeks and support them in taking this necessary decision to ensure the safety of fans and the F1 community," .
"We always look forward to travelling to the incredible city of Montreal and while we will all have to wait a bit longer, we will put on a great show when we arrive later this year."
This means the next race which could be the season opener is at the Circuit Paul Riccard, the French GP.
Here at F1 Journal we hope that you, your family and friends are staying safe through this strange time we find oursleves in.