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The Canadian Grand Prix has been postponed as the coronavirus continues to impact the Formula 1 calendar.  (David Davies/PA)

The Canadian Grand Prix has been postponed as the coronavirus continues to impact the Formula 1 calendar. (David Davies/PA)

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The Canadian Grand Prix has been postponed as the coronavirus continues to impact the Formula 1 calendar. (David Davies/PA)

The Canadian Grand Prix has been postponed as the coronavirus continues to impact the Formula 1 calendar.

Montreal was due to host the first race of the disrupted 2020 schedule, but Covid-19 has seen the event postponed.

A statement on the official F1 website read: "We would have been honoured to host the first race on the 2020 Formula 1 World Championship calendar, but we are saddened to have to announce the postponement of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix 2020 scheduled for June 12-13-14 2020.

"This postponement was not a decision that was taken lightly or easily. Over the past month, we have been in constant communication with Formula 1 and representatives from the city of Montreal, Tourism Montreal and both provincial and federal governments. We have heard the directives issued by public health officials and as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic are following the expert guidance provided by the authorities."

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix president and CEO Francois Dumontier said: "I am proud to see how such wonderful initiatives and technical advancements stemming from Formula 1 are being applied in a time of crisis. We will welcome you with open arms at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as soon as it is safe."

Chase Carey, chairman and CEO of Formula 1, added: "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."

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