Task 1 should be finished in order to start working on task 2. Task 2 is not done yet.

I want to convey we haven't even finished task 1 so task 2 is indefinitely delayed.

I do not exactly know but I think there is a phrase for that.

Can anybody put this in a format similar to -

Forget about task 2 even task 1 is not finished

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    Don't put the cart before the horse. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 12 '18 at 10:21
  • Task 1 is a prerequisite ("prereq") for starting/completing task 2. – Hot Licks Jun 11 '18 at 0:19
  • If your'e doing software development (or any business process influenced by it), it's common to say that "task 1 is a blocker for task 2". – jimm101 Dec 5 '19 at 14:55

How about conditioned, derived from condition? From Cambridge:

condition: an arrangement that must exist before something else can happen

Your example:

The completion of task 2 is conditioned on the completion of task 1.

A related possibility is the mathematical term necessary condition.

Your example:

The completion of task 1 is a necessary condition for the completion of task 2.

That is, task 2 cannot be completed unless and until the necessary condition -- the completion of task 1 -- has been met first.

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Task 2 is contingent on the completion of task 1.

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Starting task2 is dependent upon finishing task1. Or One of the requirements to starting task2 is the completion of task1.

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Task 1 must be finished before commencement of task 2.

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