Coronavirus and the car calendar: the events that are cancelled, postponed, or rescheduled

Published: 28 May 2020

► Disruption to car events across the globe
► No Formula 1 until at least July
► American events less affected

People’s social calendars are looking pretty bare for the next few months. And sadly, they won’t be able to fill the void with watching much motorsport or car-related action, as the spread of coronavirus cancels events left, right and centre.

The majority of series and events were initially looking at simply postponing, but the rise of Covid-19 has kiboshed those plans. A lot of events will be simply waiting until 2021.

How seriously are organisers taking it? At time of writing, the 2020 Formula 1 season has lost 10 races, while the British GP will take place behind closed doors on two consecutive weekends. The rest of the calendar is still uncertain - although bosses have said that Formula 1 is targeting a 15-18 race season. The hope is that the starting race of the season will be Austria on 3-5 July. We'll attempt to update this story as and when we hear of changes to schedules.

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Back home, British motorsport events will be cancelled until at least the end of June 2020. Grassroot car events and meet-ups have mostly been cancelled, for now, with some big ones later in the year still going on at the time of writing.

Can’t be bothered reading the whole article? Click the links below to see how different race series and events are dealing with the coronavirus:

Car events cancelled by coronavirus

Goodwood Festival of Speed: the customary garden motor show has been pulled from July 2020 calendar

Events across Europe and America are being cancelled at an alarming rate, as organisers react to lockdowns and public health warnings. Here we round up the car meets and events that hundreds of thousands of you were looking forward to:

Geneva Motor Show 5-15 March, cancelled. Read the full story on the cancellation of everyone's favourite motor show here

Donington Historic Festival 24 March, postponed (new date unknown)

Techno Classica Essen 25-29 March, postponed (new date unknown)

Goodwood Members’ Meeting 28-29 March, postponed (new date unknown)

Coventry MotoFest 6-7 June, cancelled

Detroit Motor Show 16-26 June, cancelled. Full details about NAIAS cancellation here

Bicester Super Scramble 23 June, cancelled

Yorkshire Motorsport Festival 26-28 June, cancelled

Goodwood Festival of Speed (above) 9-12 July, postponed (new date later in 2020 unknown as yet)

Goodwood Revival 11-13 September, unaffected

Paris motor show 1-11 October, cancelled. Full story here

Le Mans Classic 2-5 July, postponed to 1-4 July 2021

Formula 1

The F1 calendar is being badly affected by the spread of coronavirus

At time of writing, Formula 1 bosses have just axed the Dutch Grand Prix. Notably, the Canadian and Singapore GPs are also missing from provisional plans at the moment.

The season looks like it will kick off in July 2020 at the earliest. F1 head honcho Chase Carey expects the 2020 season to only consist of 15-18 races. He is anticipating it to start with the Austrian GP on 3-5 July, but admits that it will end much later than planned, as the grand prix schedule stretches into the winter months to make up for lost races.

Another big change is the prospect of back to back races. Both the Austrian and British GPs are pencilled in for back to back events.

Here's what the Formula 1 calendar provisionally looks like:

Australian GP 13-15 March, cancelled

Dutch GP 1-3 May, cancelled

Monaco GP 21-24 May, cancelled

Canadian GP 12-14 June, postponed (new date unknown)

France GP 26-28 June, cancelled

Austrian GP 3-5 July and 10-12 July

Hungarian GP 17-19 July

Great Britain GP 31 July-2 August and 7-9 August

Spanish GP 14-16 August

Belgian GP 28-30 August

Italian GP 4-6 September

Singaporean GP 18-20 September, postponed (new date unknown)

Azerbaijan GP 18-20 September

Russian GP 25-27 September

Chinese GP 2-4 October

Japanese GP 9-11 October

United States GP 23-25 October

Mexican GP 30 October - 1 November

Brazilian GP 6-8 November

Vietnamese GP 20-22 November

Bahrain 27-29 November or 4-6 December

Abu Dhabi GP 11-13 December

British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)

BTCC race calendar has been suspended until at least July 2020

The British Touring Car Championship will be suspended until at least July 2020. It looks as though Snetterton will be the first round of the season, which will drastically reshape the schedule. BTCC boss Alan Gow said the series is unlikely to run on a closed-door schedule:

Donington Park 28-29 March, postponed (new date unknown)

Brands Hatch 11-12 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Silverstone 25-26 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Thruxton 16-17 May, postponed (new date unknown)

Oulton Park 13-14 June, postponed (new date unknown)

Snetterton 25-26 July, unaffected

Formula E

The electric Formula E calendar is being shaken up by the global virus

This season’s Formula E Championship is already five races down, with Antonio Felix Da Costa (DS Techeetah) leading Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing) and Alexander Sims (BMW i Andretti Motorsport) respectively. At the moment, there won’t be any more Formula E racing until June 2020. It’s unknown what will happen to the other races:

Rome ePrix 4 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Paris ePrix 18 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Seoul ePrix 3 May, postponed (new date unknown)

Jakarta ePrix 6 June, postponed (new date unknown)

Berlin ePrix 21 June, unaffected

New York ePrix 11 July, unaffected

London ePrix 25-26 July, unaffected

World Endurance Championship (WEC)

LMP1 racing and the WEC championship is disrupted throughout 2020 by the Covid-19 pandemic

The big news here is that the Le Mans 24 Hours has moved from June to September 2020. And the 6 hours of Spa has been postponed, too. The revised calendar for the series is being worked on at the moment and we aim to update this story once we know more. But this does mean that next year’s season, which sees the introduction of the new hypercar category, will be delayed, organisers pledge:

6 Hours of Spa 25 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Le Mans 24 Hours 13-14 June, postponed to 19-20 September

World Rally Championship (WRC)

WRC calendar has been affected by spread of Covid-19

The next three rounds of the World Rally Championship have been postponed. But organisers are working on the championship starting back out in Kenya in July 2020, so fingers crossed that happens. So far, Sebastian Ogier (Toyota) leads Elfyn Evans (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) respectively:

Rally Argentina 23-26 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Rally Portugal 21-24 May, postponed (new date unknown)

Rally Italy Sardinia 4-7 June, postponed (new date unknown)

Safari Rally Kenya 16-19 July, unaffected

Rally Finland 6-9 August, unaffected

Rally New Zealand 3-6 September, unaffected

Rally Turkey  24-27 September, unaffected

ADAC Rallye Deutschland 15-18 October, unaffected

Wales Rally GB 29 October-1 November, unaffected

Rally Japan 19-22 November, unaffected

IndyCar

IndyCar championship 2020

Initially penned to start racing with no spectators, the virus has reached a point where IndyCar officials have taken the decision to postpone the start of the season until the first round of Indianapolis. The circuit says it is prepared and it’s ‘planning for all contingencies':

Barber Motorsports Park 5 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Long Beach 19 April, postponed or cancelled

Circuit of the Americas Postponed (new date unknown)

Indianapolis Road Course 9 May, unaffected

Indianapolis 500 24 May, unaffected

Detroit 30-31 May, unaffected

Nascar (cup series)

Nascar championship 2020: is it being affected by coronavirus?

A lot of Nascar races, aren’t there? The season opener has been pushed back by nearly a month, with four events already postponed. However, organisers have assured fans that all 36 races will indeed be completed this season:

Bristol Motor Speedway 5 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Richmond Raceway 19 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Talladega Superspeedway 26 April, postponed (new date unknown)

Dover International Speedway 3 May, postponed (new date unknown)

Martinsville Speedway 10 May, unaffected

Charlotte Motor Speedway 17 May, unaffected

Charlotte Motor Speedway 24 May, unaffected

Kansas 400 31 May, unaffected

Michigan International Speedway 7 June, unaffected

Sonoma Raceway 14 June, unaffected

Chicagoland Speedway 21 June, unaffected

Pocono Raceway 27 June, unaffected

Pocono Raceway 28 June, unaffected

Indianapolis Motor Speedway 5 July, unaffected

Kentucky Speedway 12 July, unaffected

New Hampshire Motor Speedway 19 July, unaffected

Michigan International Speedway 9 August, unaffected

The Glen 16 August, unaffected

Dover International Speedway 23 August, unaffected

Daytona International Speedway 30 August, unaffected

Darlington Raceway 6 September, unaffected

Richmond Raceway 13 September, unaffected

Bristol Motor Speedway 20 September, unaffected

Las Vegas Motor Speedway 28 September, unaffected

Talladega Superspeedway 4 October, unaffected

Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 11 October, unaffected

Kansas Speedway 18 October, unaffected

Texas Motor Speedway 25 October, unaffected

Martinsville Speedway 1 November, unaffected

Phoenix Raceway 8 November, unaffected

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By Murray Scullion

Bauer Automotive’s finance editor; keeps an eye on finance trends and manufacturer deals. Loves old fast cars

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