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Staying positive: Chase Carey

Staying positive: Chase Carey

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Staying positive: Chase Carey

Formula One boss Chase Carey is hopeful the 2020 season can still feature up to 18 races despite being forced to call off another grand prix.

The Azerbaijan Grand Prix, due to take place on June 7, yesterday became the eighth event to be pulled from the schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The season is yet to begin after the Australian and Bahrain Grands Prix did not go ahead this month. Races in Vietnam, China, Holland, Spain and Monaco have also been postponed or cancelled.

However, in a statement on the F1 website, chief executive Carey wrote: "While at present no one can be certain of exactly when the situation will improve, it will improve and when it does, we will be ready to go racing.

"We are all committed to bringing our fans a 2020 Championship season.

"We recognise there is significant potential for additional postponements in currently scheduled events, nonetheless we and our partners fully expect the season to start at some point this summer, with a revised calendar of between 15-18 races."

With the exception of Australia and Monaco, organisers are hoping to find new dates for all races when possible.

Belfast Telegraph