Coronavirus: When will motorsport resume in 2020?

Other series have also paused races in response to the coronavirus outbreak, as large public gatherings will inevitably increase the risk of transmission between hosts.

As series react to the ever-changing effects of the evolving COVID-19 situation, this page will be updated with cancellations and postponements should any more be forthcoming.

When will the 2020 Formula 1 season begin?

At this stage, it is currently unknown when the definitive first race of the 2020 F1 season will be.

As the coronavirus outbreak is widely regarded to have originated in the city of Wuhan, the Chinese Grand Prix was swiftly postponed in the interests of public health.

The Australian Grand Prix was cancelled on the Friday of its race weekend, after a McLaren team member had tested positive for coronavirus. Seven further members of the F1 paddock were also tested, but their results were found to be negative.

Australian Grand Prix Commission chairman Andrew Westacott has suggested that, despite the official cancellation, the race could be rescheduled for later in the year.

The Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix were also postponed in the wake of the escalating coronavirus pandemic, and F1 has since confirmed it will ditch the opening trio of European races, meaning that the Zandvoort, Barcelona and Monaco races in May are all off.

While Zandvoort is actively seeking a replacement date on the schedule, Monaco has revealed that its Grand Prix will not take place in 2020. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku was the next race to be postponed, which means that the season would open in mid-June with the Canadian GP.

Confirmed postponements:

Australian Grand Prix - Albert Park - 15 March

Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir - 22 March

Vietnam Grand Prix - Hanoi - 5 April

Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai - 19 April

Dutch Grand Prix - Zandvoort - 3 May 

Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona - 10 May

Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo - 24 May (cancelled)

Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Baku - 7 June

These postponements also affect the Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships, which are on F1's support bill. F2 is now due to start at Paul Ricard in late June, while F3's first scheduled event is in early July at the Red Bull Ring.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports and the FIM have arguably been the most proactive motorsport bodies during this difficult period, with constant communication flowing out of both camps as to the championship's current situation.

A week before the Qatar season opener, tightened quarantine restrictions on Italian travellers - making up a sizeable portion of the paddock - gave Dorna no choice but to scrap the Qatar race, despite its hopes to get all the personnel needed to start the race into the country on a charter flight from Nice.

As more countries reacted to the COVID-19 situation, MotoGP's second, third and fourth rounds in Thailand, America and Argentina were all postponed.

MotoGP has already found slots for these races, except Qatar, which won't appear this year owing to the Losail circuit undergoing essential track works in the coming months.

The opening four European MotoGP races at Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello and Barcelona have all been postponed, leaving the German GP at Sachsenring on June 21 the earliest the new season could start.

A revised calendar featuring new dates for these races has not yet been issued, though.

Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta recently said that he'd be "delighted" if MotoGP is pull off a 10-race calendar, given how the coronavirus situation has worsened in recent months. 

Latest 2020 MotoGP calendar:

Date Event Venue
March 8 Qatar - Moto2 and Moto3 only Losail
May 3 Spain - postponed, no new date assigned Jerez
May 17 France - postponed, no new date assigned Le Mans
May 31 Italy - postponed, no new date assigned Mugello
June 7 Catalunya - postponed, no new date assigned Barcelona
June 21 Germany Sachsenring
June 28 Netherlands Assen
July 12 Finland KymiRing
August 9 Czech Republic Brno
August 16 Austria Red Bull Ring
August 30 Great Britain Silverstone
September 13 San Marino Misano
September 27 Aragon Motorland Aragon
October 4 Thailand Buriram
October 18 Japan Motegi
October 25 Australia Phillip Island
November 1 Malaysia Sepang
November 15 GP of the Americas COTA
November 22 Argentina Termas de Rio Hondo
November 29 Valencia Ricardo Tormo

When will the World Superbike season resume?

Chaz Davies, ARUBA.IT Racing Ducati

Chaz Davies, ARUBA.IT Racing Ducati Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

World Superbike was fortunate to squeeze in its season-opener in Phillip Island shortly before the COVID-19 situation dramatically worsened in Europe, with the paddock even more affected by travel restrictions placed on Italy.

However, not long after the three Phillip Island races, won by Toprak Razgatlioglu, Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes respectively, it was announced that the second round at Qatar - which was due to take place a week after the MotoGP race - was on hold.

A revised calendar was subsequently issued that did not give the Qatar round a new date, but did feature the third round of the season at Jerez being rescheduled for October. The Assen race was postponed on March 24, and rescheduled for late August.

As of the time of writing, the season is due to resume at Imola on May 8-10.

Revised 2020 WSBK calendar:

DateVenue
February 28-March 1  Phillip Island
March 13-15   Losail - postponed but no new date assigned
May 8-10   Imola
May 22-24  Aragon
June 12-14   Misano
July 3-5   Donington Park
July 31-August 2 Germany Oschersleben
August 21-23  Assen
September 4-6   Portimao
September 18-20   Catalunya
October 2-4  Magny-Cours
October 9-11  El Villicum
October 23-25  Jerez

When will the Formula E season resume?

Felipe Massa, Venturi, EQ Silver Arrow 01 Maximilian Günther, BMW I Andretti Motorsports, BMW iFE.20, Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE06

Felipe Massa, Venturi, EQ Silver Arrow 01 Maximilian Günther, BMW I Andretti Motorsports, BMW iFE.20, Daniel Abt, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE06 Dom Romney / Motorsport Images

Dom Romney / Motorsport Images

As it stands, the 2019/20 Formula E season has been paused for two months amid the ensuring coronavirus crisis.

The Sanya E-Prix was first to be postponed at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, followed by the Rome E-Prix after the spread intensified dramatically in northern Italy - meaning the country is on lockdown.

After Formula E's latest announcement, the race in Paris, along with calendar newcomers Seoul and Jakarta, have also been postponed until further notice. The FE season is thus theoretically set to resume in Berlin in June.

Confirmed postponements:

Sanya E-Prix - China - 21 March

Rome E-Prix - Italy - 4 April 

Paris E-Prix - France - 18 April

Seoul E-Prix - South Korea - 3 May 

Jakarta E-Prix - Indonesia - 6 June 

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley

#8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050: Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, Brendon Hartley JEP / Motorsport Images

JEP / Motorsport Images

Following the cancellation of the Sebring 1000 Miles event, the FIA World Endurance Championship was left with little option but to postpone the following race at Spa, that was due to take place on April 25, leaving only the Le Mans 24 Hours left on the 2019/20 schedule.

The ACO then postponed the 24 Hours of Le Mans until September 19-20, using a date similar to that used in 1968 when strikes and civil unrest forced it from its usual mid-summer spot. The Spa race has been provisionally pencilled in for August 15.

This will mean a later start to the next WEC season, which was originally due to begin in September at Silverstone but will now instead kick off in March next year, most likely at Sebring. As such, the Silverstone, Monza, Fuji and Kyalami races on the original 2020/21 calendar are all in jeopardy, with series boss Gerard Neveu not ruling out a condensed schedule.

Confirmed cancellations/postponements:

Sebring 1000 Miles - USA - 13 March (cancelled, replaced by new Bahrain race)

Spa 6 Hours - Belgium - 25 April (postponed)

Le Mans 24 Hours - France - 13-14 June (postponed)

What's happening in Supercars?

Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden

Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden Dirk Klynsmith / Motorsport Images

Dirk Klynsmith / Motorsport Images

Supercars will target a June return to racing, with the next three rounds now formally postponed.

The Tasmania, New Zealand and Perth rounds have all been called off, with the current plan centered around Winton being the next event on the first weekend of June.

Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC

Elfyn Evans, Scott Martin, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC Toyota Racing

Toyota Racing

The World Rally Championship was fortunate enough to get three rounds under its belt before being brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the opening Monte Carlo event in January, February's Rally Sweden and Rally Mexico in March all being completed.

However, the final day of Rally Mexico was stopped to help people working in the paddock return home prior to travel restrictions being imposed.

The fifth round in Argentina originally slated for the end of April was also put on hold after the country put a temporary ban on international sporting events. That was followed by the news that the following two events in Portugal and Italy would also have to be delayed.

Confirmed postponements:

Rally Argentina - April 30-1 May

Rally Portugal - May 21-24

Rally Italy - June 4-8

Elsewhere in the rallying world, the World Rallycross season-opener in Barcelona has been postponed. The following round in Portugal also suffered a similar fate.

What is happening in NASCAR?

Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Valvoline Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield Ricky Stenhouse Jr., JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger

Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Valvoline Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro Ally Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Smithfield Ricky Stenhouse Jr., JTG Daugherty Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Kroger Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images

Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images

NASCAR tried desperately to continue its current season as planned by staging this weekend's Atlanta race and next weekend's Homestead-Miami event behind closed doors.

But, as the United States government finally declared COVID-19 a national emergency, these plans have been scuppered. On March 16, NASCAR announced a suspension of its season through May 3, adding five more races to its confirmed list of postponements.

Confirmed postponements:

Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 - Atlanta Motor Speedway - 15 March

Dixie Vodka 400 - Homestead-Miami Speedway - 22 March

O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - Texas Motor Speedway - 29 March

Food City 500 - Bristol Motor Speedway - 5 April

Toyota Owners 400 - Richmond Raceway - 19 April

GEICO 500 - Talladega Superspeedway - 26 April

Dover 400 - Dover International Speedway - 3 May

When will the 2020 IndyCar season begin?

Scott R LePage / Motorsport Images

Scott R LePage / Motorsport Images

The 2020 IndyCar season won't be getting underway until at least June, at Texas Motor Speedway.

Initially, the series called off its first four events in St Petersburg, Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama, Long Beach and the Circuit of the Americas.

Then on March 26, the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis was confirmed as moving to July 4, forming a unique and very welcome double-header with the NASCAR Xfinity round which this year is switching from the Speedway to the IMS road course.

At the same time, the Indianapolis 500 was shifted to August, with qualifying occurring over the weekend of Aug. 15-16 and the 104th running of the race being held on Aug. 23.

The postponement until 2021 of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo freed up the July/August schedule for IndyCar's TV partner NBC, allowing a shuffle of the July and August schedule beyond just the insertion of the two Indianapolis races. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will now run on Aug. 9, and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway is now set for Aug. 30. The Grand Prix of Portland, too, has been shifted back one week.

On April 6, IndyCar revealed that what had been set as the new season-opening event – the Detroit Grand Prix double-header – had also bitten the dust, and with no hope of rescheduling. 

In its stead, both the Iowa Speedway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca events would be turned into double-headers, while a second event on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course – the Harvest Grand Prix – had been added for Saturday, Oct. 3.

However, it has not been set as a finale, because what was once regarded as a canceled season-opener, the 17th Indy car race at St. Petersburg, has been redefined as postponed. The hope is that it will be the 2020 closer, to be held in mid October.

So, as of April 6, the situation is this: 

Confirmed cancellations:

Barber Motorsport Park, Birmingham, Alabama - 5 April
Long Beach, California - 19 April
Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas - 26 April
Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan - 30-31 May

Revised, tentative 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule

Saturday, June 6 - Texas Motor Speedway 
Sunday, June 21 - Road America 
Saturday, June 27 - Richmond Raceway 
Saturday, July 4 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 
Sunday, July 12 - Streets of Toronto 
Friday, July 17 - Iowa Speedway 
Saturday, July 18 - Iowa Speedway 
Sunday, Aug. 9 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 
Sunday, Aug. 23 - Indianapolis 500 Mile Race 
Sunday, Aug. 30 - World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway
Sunday, Sept. 13 - Portland International Raceway 
Saturday, Sept. 19 - WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca 
Sunday, Sept. 20 - WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca 
Saturday, Oct. 3 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 
TBD expected finale - Streets of St. Petersburg

How will coronavirus affect other international events?

Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM

Jamie Green, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM Alexander Trienitz

Alexander Trienitz

After cancelling its pre-season test at Hockenheim, on March 25 the DTM announced a new calendar, with the season now set to commence at the Norisring in July - with the opening five rounds of the calendar all being given new dates in the latter half of the year.

The World Touring Car Cup has cancelled its opening round at the Hungaroring and has also been forced to shelve its Nurburgring round, due to take place in support of the 24-hour race that has been shifted to September.

In Japan, both Super Formula and SUPER GT have delayed the first three races of their respective schedules. Super Formula is now due to get underway at Sugo in June, while a reshuffled SUPER GT calendar now begins at Okayama in mid-July.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is on hold until at least June's Watkins Glen round, with the Sebring 12 Hours having been rescheduled for November, Long Beach and Detroit being cancelled and Mid-Ohio being moved back to September.

Elsewhere in sportscar racing, the European Le Mans Series has postponed its first two rounds at Barcelona and Monza, and the GT World Challenge Europe (formerly Blancpain GT Series) has also been forced to abandon its first three events at Monza, Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

Has the British Touring Car Championship been cancelled?

Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla

Tom Ingram, Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Corolla JEP / Motorsport Images

JEP / Motorsport Images

On March 13, the British Touring Car Championship released a following statement saying that all rounds would go on as normal unless a change in circumstances occurs.

However, on March 16, the BTCC announced that its pre-season test at Silverstone the following day would be barred to spectators. And then on March 17, the BTCC postponed its opening three rounds with the season now set to kick off in mid-May.