OXFORDSHIRE'S Formula 1 teams will not be going to Japan, Singapore or Azerbaijan this year after they became the latest races to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Motorsport bosses announced this morning that the three Grand Prix would not be possible in 2020 because of the uncertain global situation.

The event in Japan is off owing to the country's ban on international travellers, while street circuits in Azerbaijan and Singapore cannot currently be built.

It is a blow to Formula 1 chiefs, who are still aiming to hold a calendar of at least 15 races this year.

Eight races in Europe have already been confirmed, starting with two events in Austria on the weekends of July 5 and 12.

But Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn has suggested the European season could be extended as different countries deal with the pandemic at varying rates.

"There is a contingency to have an extended European season with another one or two races if needed," he told the official Formula 1 website.

"I think Bahrain and Abu Dhabi will be the backstop of the season from what we can see at the moment.

"That gives us ten. We'll find at least five or six good races in the middle."