The 2020 French Grand Prix has been cancelled due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers confirmed on Monday that the race at Circuit Paul Ricard, scheduled for June 28, will not take place as the French government has banned all major public events until the middle of July.

It is the 10th race of the 2020 Formula One season either to be cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.

The decision comes as organisers of the 2020 British Grand Prix confirmed the race at Silverstone on July 19 would have to be held behind closed doors, if it goes ahead at all.

In a statement to fans released on Monday, Silverstone managing director Stuart Pringle said: "I am extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year's British Grand Prix in front of fans at Silverstone.

"We have left this difficult decision for as long as possible, but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions in the country and the government requirements in place just now and for the foreseeable future, that a grand prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.

"Our obligations to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in preparing and delivering the event, our volunteer marshals and race makers, and of course, you, the amazing fans, means that this is the best, safest and only decision we could make."

Pringle confirmed that discussions over the feasibility of a behind-closed-doors event are ongoing and assured fans with 2020 tickets that they will be given the option of transferring their booking to next year or taking a full refund.

He also added: "We intend to give away thousands of tickets for the 2021 event to NHS and other key workers who have literally been putting their lives on the line for us all, during these challenging times. No one can be in doubt of the huge debt of gratitude we owe to them."

Renault have taken up the option to furlough the "vast majority" of staff at their Enstone site amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Formula One season is yet to begin after the start date was repeatedly pushed back by the global COVID-19 crisis.

As things stand, the French Grand Prix will get the campaign under way in June, with nine prior events having been postponed. However, motorsports chief Ross Brawn is confident of a 19-race season if F1 gets up and running by July.

Given the delay, Renault have announced their plans for the coming weeks.

For workers at Enstone, the team have applied to use the United Kingdom government's Job Retention Scheme, which pays 80 per cent of wages for furloughed staff up to £2,500, until May 31.

"This will be reviewed dependent on the development of the situation," a statement read.

"It was also agreed to top-up the amount allocated by the government to guarantee a minimum of 80 per cent of the actual salary for all team members.

"Salaries of active staff, including management, will be reduced in the same proportions."

Renault also operate a French site at Viry-Chatillon, where they will switch to a part-time schedule for a provisional period of 12 weeks.

Managing director Cyril Abiteboul said: "The very difficult human and sanitary circumstances that we are experiencing and the strict lockdown in France and England, as well as in most of the grand prix-organising countries, do not yet allow us to measure the impact on our sport.

"We therefore must use all the measures at our disposal to get through this prolonged period of uncertainty and inactivity as best as we can, while protecting the whole team we have built over the past four years."

The start of the MotoGP season has been pushed back even further with the French Grand Prix the latest race to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Scheduled to be held at Le Mans on May 17, the French Grand Prix was postponed on Thursday amid uncertainty over when the season can start.

The 2020 campaign was due to begin in Qatar on March 8, but that race was cancelled.

"As the situation remains in a state of constant evolution, new dates for the French GP and the recently-postponed Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when exactly it will be possible to hold the events," a MotoGP statement read.

"A revised calendar will be published as soon as available."

The Italian Grand Prix is next on the calendar on May 31, but could also be postponed or cancelled.

More than 52,800 people have died worldwide after testing positive for coronavirus, with Italy's death toll exceeding 13,900.

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