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    Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix Cancelled for 2020

Formula 1 has confirmed that there will be no races in Baku, Singapore and Suzuka in 2020, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this month, F1 announced the opening eight races of the revised schedule for the 2020 season, beginning in Austria on the first weekend of July.

Two races in Austria will be followed by a race in Hungary. After a week off, F1 will then head to two back-to-back races in Great Britain before heading to Spain. Another week off will be followed by two races on consecutive weekends in Belgium and Italy.

Since this was announced, F1 have continued to work on finalising the remaining calender and are confident of having between 15 to 18 races by the time the season wraps up in Abu Dhabi in mid-December.

A new calendar is expected before the season starts in Austria. However, F1 will not be heading to Azerbaijan, Singapore or Japan as part of the revised calendar for 2020. 

A statement from F1 said: "As a result of the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19, we and our promoters in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have taken the decision to cancel their races for the 2020 season.

"These decisions have been taken due to the different challenges our promoters face in those countries. In Singapore and Azerbaijan the long lead times required to construct street circuits made hosting the events during a period of uncertainty impossible and in Japan, ongoing travel restrictions also led to the decision not to proceed with the race.

"At the same time we have made significant progress with existing and new promoters on the revised calendar and have been particularly encouraged by the interest that has been shown by new venues in hosting a Formula 1 race during the 2020 season.

"We appreciate this is still a time of uncertainty and complexity around the world and will continue to ensure we proceed with the 2020 season in a cautious and flexible way. We have detailed and robust safety plans in place to ensure we begin our season in the safest possible way."