Carey issues apology to fans in open letter

Date published: March 17 2020 - Mark Scott

Details released on how fans get refunds for the Australian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 CEO, Chase Carey, has provided an update and an apology to fans as the coronavirus pandemic has effectively put all major sport on hold.

The governing bodies have pencilled in the end of May as a potential new start date for the 2020 Formula 1 season, but that is on the assumption that the situation around the globe improves by then.

With Australia cancelled and Bahrain, China and Vietnam all postponed, Carey has apologised in an open letter for the inconvenience that has caused.

The full letter reads:

Dear F1 Fans,

We wanted to provide some thoughts and perspectives from last week as we address the coronavirus pandemic.

First and foremost, our priority is the health and safety of the fans, teams, and organisations of Formula 1, as well as wider society.

We apologise to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made by Formula 1, the FIA, and our local promoters in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.

We recognise everyone wants to know what comes next for Formula 1 in 2020. We cannot provide specific answers today given the fluidity of the situation. However, we plan to get the 2020 Championship season underway as soon as it’s safe to do so. We are engaging with experts and officials on a daily basis as we evaluate how we go forward in the next few months. We will keep you updated and provide details as soon as possible on

We are grateful for your support and understanding and we wish you and your families all the best.



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