The Formula E season will be suspended for a period of two months as the world reacts to the ongoing health crisis caused by Coronavirus.
With the World Health Organisation officially declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, the decision was made by ABB Formula E and the FIA in conjunction with local authorities of the upcoming races to halt the season until such point that it is deemed safe to continue.
BREAKING: Formula E and @FIA take decision to temporarily suspend season.
— ABB Formula E (@FIAFormulaE) March 13, 2020
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“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 Alejandro Agag, Founder & Chairman of Formula E.
“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.”
Global health > Motorsport
Formula E is always a step ahead. We will never gamble with the well-being and safety of our fans and personnel.
This decision was taken long ago and it is the correct one. We will come back stronger.
Stay tuned. https://t.co/cthLzGCrOH
— LUCAS DI GRASSI (@LucasdiGrassi) March 13, 2020