The organizing body behind motorsport and Formula E, FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) announced on Friday 13 March that it will be suspending this year’s 2019/20 season for up to two months. The decision comes after the recent worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus.
To notify fans on the status of each race, the FIA will make use of the flag system, traditionally used in motorsport. During a regular race, a red flag represents the stoppage of the race, a yellow flag represents caution, and a green flag means everything is good to go.
As to what that means for the season, the races scheduled to take place in March and April have been categorized with a red flag, a yellow flag has been placed over May’s race and the June and July races both getting the green flag, but whether they’ll remain green is yet to be seen.
BREAKING: Formula E and @FIA take decision to temporarily suspend season.
— ABB Formula E (@FIAFormulaE) March 13, 2020
According to Alejandro Agag, Formula E founder and chairman, “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. 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.”
Formula E’s big brother, Formula 1, has also seen a slew of races being postponed. On Thursday 12 March, the opening race of the season in Melbourne was called off, after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus. The Bahrain Grand Prix, which was due to take place next weekend, and the first-ever Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled for the beginning of April, have also been postponed until further notice.