BREAKING NEWS: Australian Grand Prix CANCELLED for second straight year due to ‘restrictions and logistical challenges’ of the pandemic with November race also removed from Moto GP calendar
- The Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled for a second straight year
- Organisers announced that the November race would no longer be taking place
- It was due to be held at the Albert Park Circuit from Nov 18-21 in Melbourne
- However, it has now been called off due to ‘restrictions and logistical challenges’
The Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled for a second straight year due to the ‘restrictions and logistical challenges’ of the pandemic, organisers said.
In January, the event was moved from its usual date in March to November due to Victoria state’s quarantine requirements, with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) offering a Covid-safe plan that included bubbles for racing teams.
But early on Tuesday AGPC tweeted: ‘We regret to announce that the 2021 £AusGP has been cancelled due to restrictions and logistical challenges relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.’
The Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled for the second straight year due to the pandemic
The announcement came after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday unveiled a new national pandemic plan which includes cutting international flight numbers by half from July 14.
In a statement, AGPC chairman Paul Little said: ‘We’re deeply disappointed that for a second consecutive year, both MotoGP and Formula One fans won’t be able to see the world’s best riders and drivers compete at the wonderful Phillip Island and Albert Park Grand Prix Circuits.’
‘We appreciate the challenge Australia faces with current international travel restrictions and the importance of vaccinations.’
Organisers announced on Tuesday that the November race would no longer be taking place
Due to take place in November, the race has also been removed from the Moto GP calendar
The statement added the AGPC would continue to work with Formula One and the Victorian Government regarding the ‘calendar timings’ for the 2022 event.
Formula One chief executive officer Stefano Domenicali said: ‘While it is disappointing we won’t be racing in Australia this season, 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.
‘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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