The Formula One Grand Prix in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic ©Getty Images

The Formula One Grand Prix in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The postponement of the event, which was due to take place from June 5 to 7, means the first eight races of the season have either been cancelled or called off.

So far, the Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled as well as the Monaco Grand Prix, with the illustrious race not featuring in the championship for the first time since 1954.

Meanwhile, races in Bahrain, Vietnam, China, The Netherlands and Spain have been postponed.

Organisers of the race in Baku said the postponement was agreed upon after extensive discussions with Formula One as well as the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Azerbaijani  Government.

"This comes as a direct result of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and has been based entirely on the expert guidance provided to us by the relevant authorities.

"In coming to this conclusion, BCC’s [Baku City Circuit] primary concern throughout has been the health and well-being of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting Formula One fans, staff and championship participants."

It added: "BCC shares its fans' disappointment at not being able to experience the pinnacle of motorsport race through the streets of Baku this June. 

"To that end, we will continue to work closely with Formula One, the FIA and the Government of the Azerbaijan Republic to monitor the situation with a view to announcing a new race date later in the 2020 season.

"All tickets for the Formula One Grand Prix Azerbaijan 2020 will continue to be valid, without any additional formalities required."

The season is now scheduled to begin with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal from June 12 to 14, but that is also in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The same could be said for the French Grand Prix in Le Castellet from June 26 to 28.

Canada has closed its borders to all but essential travel, while France currently has strict restrictions on people’s movements.

Last week, Formula One, the FIA and the 10 teams on the grid unanimously agreed to delay the technical regulations by a year to 2022.