For the first time since 1954, the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix will not take place. The Automobile Club de Monaco (ACM) announced on Thursday that the 78th edition of the Monaco GP was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
While Liberty Media, owner of Formula 1, had announced the postponement of the Monaco Grand Prix, as well as the Dutch and Spanish Grand Prix, the ACM said in a press release that the legendary Monegasque event would finally be cancelled. The ACM also informed that the Historic Monaco Grand Prix, which is held ahead of the F1 race, has also been cancelled.
“The current situation concerning the worldwide pandemic and its unknown path of evolution, the lack of understanding as to the impact on the FIA F1 World Championship 2020, the uncertainty with regards to the participation of the teams, the consequences with regards to the differing measures of confinement as taken by various governments worldwide, the multi-border restrictions for accessing the Principality of Monaco, the pressure on all implicated businesses, their dedicated staff who are unable to undertake the necessary installations, the availability of the indispensable workforce and volunteers (more than 1500) required for the success of the event means that the situation is no longer tenable.”
Yesterday a press release from the Prince’s Palace of Monaco announced that Prince Albert II contracted Covid-19.
BREAKING: The Monaco Grand Prix will not take place in 2020, announces @ACM_Media
— Formula 1 (@F1) March 19, 2020