Australian GP the latest 2021 season cancellation; F1 still pushing for 23-race calendar

Restrictions and logistical challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the decision

By Yuri Coghe
@yuricoghe
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas claimed the win the last time F1 raced at Melbourne in 2019 (Photo: F1.com)

The Australian Grand Prix became the latest cancellation in the 2021 Formula 1 season on Tuesday, as organizers and F1 called off the event for the second year in a row.

Restrictions and logistical challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic triggered the decision. The race, to be held at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, was set for the Nov. 19-21 weekend.

“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) in conjunction with the Victorian Government and Formula 1 today announced the 2021 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled due to restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” read a statement.

“AGPC will continue to work with Formula 1 and the Victorian Government regarding the 2022 calendar timings for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix event.”

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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas claimed the win the last time F1 raced at Melbourne in 2019.

The 2021 F1 calendar has been in a constant state of flux due to the pandemic. In April, the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal was also cancelled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 concerns.

“We are confident we can deliver a 23-race season in 2021 and we have a number of options to take forward to replace the place left vacant by the Australian Grand Prix,” said an F1 spokesperson in a statement. “We will be working through the details of those options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates once those discussions are concluded.”

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Back to Turkey, after all

The Australian GP cancellation became the second change in the 2021 calendar in less than 15 days.

Formula 1 re-added the Turkish GP to the 2021 calendar in late June, after dropping it in mid-May. The race has been selected as the replacement for the Singapore GP Oct. 1-3 weekend slot, which was itself cancelled in early June.


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