Formula One has announced the 2021 Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled due to concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The race at the Suzuka circuit was scheduled for 10 October as part of a triple-header between the Russian Grand Prix and Turkish GP, but on Wednesday organisers said it would not be going ahead.
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“Following ongoing discussions with the promoter and authorities in Japan the decision has been taken by the Japanese government to cancel the race this season due to ongoing complexities of the pandemic in the country,” the F1 said in a statement.
“Formula 1 is now working on the details of the revised calendar and will announce the final details in the coming weeks.
“Formula 1 has proven this year, and in 2020, that we can adapt and find solutions to the ongoing uncertainties and is excited by the level of interest in locations to host Formula 1 events this year and beyond.”
The Japanese Grand Prix has been cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. (Photo by Nelson Almeida / AFP)Source:AFP
The cancellation may prompt a reshuffle to the F1 calendar, with talk already of a second American Grand Prix being held in Austin to fill the gap in the schedule left by the Japanese Grand Prix.
But that plan is in doubt after Texas recorded an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Japan is not the first country that has been forced to cancel its F1 Grand Prix due to concerns over Covid-19 infections.
In July, the Victorian government confirmed the Australian F1 Grand Prix scheduled for November had been cancelled.
F1 organisers weren’t satisfied that drivers and their teams would be able to travel safely into Australia to hold the event.
The announcement was a major blow to Australia’s sporting and tourism industry.
The Australian Grand Prix usually signals the start of the F1 season but was cancelled last year as the global pandemic hit, and was postponed from March until later in the year in 2021.
Covid-19 has wreacked havoc on the F1 calendar. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)Source:AFP
In another huge blow, it appears unlikely Melbourne will host the first Grand Prix of the 2022 season as usual, robbing the city of the prestigious season opener.
At this stage, Melbourne will host the GP at a later date, possibly in April.
Revised F1 2021 Calendar
August 29: Belgian Grand Prix
September 5: Dutch Grand Prix
September 12: Italian Grand Prix
September 26: Russian Grand Prix
October 3: Turkish Grand Prix
October 10: TBC
October 24: United States Grand Prix
October 31: Mexican Grand Prix
November 7: Brazilian Grand Prix
November 21: TBC
December 5: Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
December 12: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
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