The promoters of FIA Formula 2 (F2) and Formula 3 (F3) Championships have confirmed the postponement of Round 1 in Bahrain after F1 decision.

Following the decision of F1 to postpone Bahrain GP and Vietnam GP, the promoters have decided to defer Round 1 of both F2 and F3 championships due to COVID-19 outbreak. The travel restrictions has increasingly made it difficult for anyone to move around.

They wish to race at Bahrain International Circuit but it will be difficult to re-schedule. For now, the 2020 season will now start during the Dutch GP weekend at Zandvoort but that grand prix is still not confirmed either as news of postponement is up in the air.

The statement from F2 and F3 goes:

Following the announcement that the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix has been postponed, it has been decided conjointly with the FIA and F1 that the opening 2020 round of the FIA Formula 2 and FIA Formula 3 Championships, scheduled to take place on March 20-22, will also be postponed.

F2 and F3 CEO Bruno Michel said: “We’re sorry we have to postpone our opening Round at the Bahrain International Circuit, but of course the safety of everyone in our paddock and the fans has to come first.

“We conducted our pre-season tests at Sakhir and we’re looking forward to racing there as soon as possible. We will communicate a revised 2020 F2 and F3 calendar at a later date,” summed up Michel.

Here’s news on Bahrain and Vietnam F1 postponement