Coronavirus: Bahrain Grand Prix third race to be called off in Formula One

Australia and Vietnam races also postponed

epa08291975 (FILE) - A woman wearing a protective mask walks past a Formula One Vietnamese Grand Prix merchandise store in Hanoi, Vietnam 05 March 2020 (re-issued 13 March 2020). After cancellation of the season-opener in Melbourne 13 March 2020 the Formula One also called the races in Bahrain and Vietnam, scheduled 22 March and 05 April respectively, due to the coronavirus outbreak.  EPA/LUONG THAI LINH

The Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled for March 22 was postponed by Formula One officials on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak, becoming the third race of the season to be called off after Australia and Vietnam.

"Formula 1 and the FIA continue to work closely with the race promoters in Bahrain and Vietnam and the local authorities to monitor the situation and take the appropriate amount of time to study the viability of potential alternative dates for each Grand Prix later in the year should the situation improve," F1 officials said in a statement.