OXFORDSHIRE’S three Formula 1 teams have had their season delayed again after the Azerbaijan Gran Prix became the latest race to be postponed.

The event in Baku on June 7 had been earmarked as a potential start date for the new season after the opening seven grands prix were called off because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Race organisers hope to announce a new race date later in the 2020 season.

“Baku City Circuit (BCC) has today taken the decision to postpone the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 due to take place on June 7,” read a statement.

“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.

“BCC’s primary concern throughout has been the health and wellbeing of the Azerbaijani people as well as all visiting F1 fans, staff and championship participants.”

The earliest the F1 campaign can now start is at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 14.

However, the likelihood of that is deeply uncertain given the fast-moving nature of coronavirus.

F1 bosses last week announced the postponements of the Dutch and Spanish grands prix, while Monaco cancelled their May 24 slot.

Silverstone chiefs have said they would provide fans with full refunds if the British Grand Prix, pencilled in for July 19, does not go ahead.