Formula E is considering relocating the Asian 2019-2020 mid-season races to the end of the season to replace European or North American tests that are currently being hit hardest by the coronavirus.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, Formula E was the first FIA category to cancel one of its dates. They subsequently decided to suspend the 2019-20 championship for a two-month term, canceling the races in Rome, Jakarta, Paris and Seoul. Now, they are evaluating a possible Asian tour to complete the sixth season in August and September in case the ePrixes in Berlin, New York and London cannot be made.
For the first time since its inception, the all-electric category could extend beyond July by recapturing the events in Sanya, Seoul, and Jakarta. The proposal has already been sent to the teams so they are ready for when races resume after the pandemic restrictions are eased.
Asian countries are already emerging from COVID-19, so reprogramming would be feasible.
In Sanya – without COVID-19 since February – it would compete at the end of August, Seoul – it has a very small number of cases – in September and it only remains to evaluate the sanitary conditions of Jakarta. These changes of dates would be feasible if the conditions of air travel and the security of the personnel allowed it.
These alternatives currently considered by Formula E, even if they are approved by the teams, must be presented in June to the FIA World Motorsports Council for confirmation.
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