The coronavirus pandemic appears to continue to affect the calendar of the Formula 1. The evolution of the disease and its new variants caused that again and for the second consecutive year, the Australian Grand Prix be definitively canceled. The strict restrictions and the slow vaccination plan that Australia is carrying out were the main reasons.
Through the social networks of the category and the Australian GP they confirmed the news that had circulated with great power in the paddock on Monday. A few hours after the cancellation was rumored, the president of the state of Victoria came out to confirm that it was a matter of hours for the news to be confirmed. The race has not been held since 2019, when Valtteri Bottas took the victory.
“The 2021 event will not go ahead. The Australian Grand Prix Corporation together with the Victorian government and Formula 1 announced that the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix has been canceled due to restrictions and logistical challenges in relation to the pandemic. COVID-19”, Says the statement released this Tuesday by the category.
On the other hand, the same published text clarifies that so far there have not been any ticket sales. “The Australian Grand Prix was scheduled for November 18-21 in Albert park. Tickets for the event had not yet gone on sale. The Corporation will continue to work with Formula 1 and the Victorian government on the 2022 dates for the event “
Although no replacement circuit was confirmed for the category to occupy that space, the same statement clarifies that the idea is to reach 23 tests. “Although it is disappointing not to be able to race in Australia this season, we are confident that we can have 23 races. We have a number of options to replace it. We will work on the details in the coming weeks and provide further updates once the talks are concluded, ”they stated.
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