Formula One announced Wednesday that the Chinese Grand Prix, which was scheduled for April 17-19, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. This is the latest of several sporting events that have either been canceled or postponed amidst health concerns.
The postponement comes at the request of Juss Sports Group, the promotors of the Chinese Grand Prix, after discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China and the Shanghai Administration of Sports.
Formula 1 and their governing body the FIA made the decision to accept the Chinese promotor’s request to insure the safety of race teams and fans.
“The Chinese Grand Prix has always been a very important part of the F1 calendar and the fans are always incredible,” Formula One said in a statement. “We all look forward to racing in China as soon as possible and wish everyone in the country the best during this difficult time.”
Earlier this month, Formula E canceled their China race amidst the same concerns.
Formula One is working with the teams, the race promotors and local authorities to reschedule the race later in the year if the situation improves.
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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.
Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.
In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.
“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”
Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.
In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.
Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.
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