Teammate Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Valtteri Bottas (77) from Finland pours champagne on the head of Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Lewis Hamilton (44) from Great Britain after winning the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship after the F1 Circuit of The Americas won the US Grand Prix race on November 3, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
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The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix has been canceled for the second time in a row due to “restrictions and logistical challenges” related to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers said.
The Grand Prix was scheduled to take place at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne from November 18-21 after it was postponed from its usual March date due to a change in quarantine restrictions in the state of Victoria.
However, on Tuesday, organizers announced that the event had been canceled for the second year in a row. The 2020 event was also canceled after a McLaren team member contracted the coronavirus shortly before the race.
“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC), in partnership with the Victorian Government and Formula 1, announced today that the 2021 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix will be closed due to restrictions and logistical challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic has been canceled, “it said in a statement.
“AGPC will continue to work with Formula 1 and the Victorian Government on the 2022 calendar times for the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix event.”
Australian MotoGP, which will be held at Phillip Island from October 22nd to 24th, has also been canceled, with the Malaysian event being brought forward a week to replace it on the calendar.
“We are deeply disappointed that for the second year in a row, both MotoGP and Formula 1 fans will not have the opportunity to see the world’s best drivers and drivers compete on the wonderful Grand Prix Circuits of Phillip Island and Albert Park,” said AGPC chairman Paul Wenig.
“We appreciate the challenge Australia is facing with current international travel restrictions and the importance of vaccinations.
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“I want to assure our motivated and professional employees, suppliers and partners, as well as the Victorian tourism and major events community, that we will work tirelessly to deliver these iconic events in 2022.”
Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali added: “While it is disappointing that we will not be racing in Australia this season, we are confident that we can have a 23-race season in 2021 and we have a number of options, to replace the place. ” released by the Australian Grand Prix.
“We will work through the details of these options in the coming weeks and will provide further updates as soon as these discussions are complete.”
McLaren’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo added: “It is a huge disappointment for all drivers that we are not coming to Australia in November but we understand the reasons.
“For me personally, I can’t wait to drive home and it will be even cuter when we do because it’s been so long.
“Cross your fingers that things can change for 2022 and that we will see the great fans at Albert Park again and give them a good show.”